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Customs Dog Sniffs Smuggler’s Rear End, Finds Heroin

Heroin seized at El Paso border crossing

Heroin seized at El Paso border crossing

A sniffer dog alerted authorities to a man trying to smuggle nearly five ounces of heroin into the United States inside his butt. El Paso Port Director Hector Mancha of Customs and Border Protection told reporters Wednesday, “Internal body carriers are not common at land border ports of entry so this is a significant seizure.” Texan Paulo Alfredo Macias, 35, was selected for screening, and was quickly singled out by the dog. Customs agents, who thanks to rigorous training, realized the dog wasn’t just being friendly, interviewed Macias, who confessed to carrying the drugs internally. Macias was arrested at the border Monday and is being held without bail at the El Paso County Jail.

Last week, police in Trinity, Tex., arrested a woman who allegedly tried, and failed, to hide a stash of meth in her vagina after getting pulled over. She was the third woman this year to attempt this feat in the town of Trinity, which has a population of less than 3,000.

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