K-9 Helps Huntington Beach Police Find $1.3M in Cocaine

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With the help of a trained police dog, a routine traffic violation in Huntington Beach led to the discovery of bricks of cocaine with a street value of nearly $1.3 million, authorities said Thursday.

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“Bohdy” poses with cocaine seized from a car on Jan. 28, 2014. (Credit: Huntington Beach Police Department)

Police stopped a Nissan Sentra on Tuesday for a traffic violation and found the driver and passenger acting nervously. The driver didn’t have a license, according to a news release from Huntington Beach Police Department.

When the driver consented to a search of the car, K-9 “Bohdy” sniffed the Sentra and “alerted to a tire” in the trunk that “obviously did not fit the Nissan,” the release stated.

Inside the tire, officers found 27 kilograms of cocaine packaged in bricks, the release stated. The drugs have a “wholesale value” of $648,000 and an approximate street value of nearly $1.3 million, according to police.

“What a good boy!!!” tweeted Capt. Russ Reinhart, the department’s uniform division commander, in reference to Bohdy.

A 5 1/2-year-old male Belgian Malinois, Bohdy has been with the department for 2 1/2 years, police Lt. Mitchell O’Brien said.

Antonio Tzampop, 44, and Jose Campos, 39, were both booked on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance.

An investigation was continuing.