Drug dog finds $1M cocaine in Mercedes

April 29, 2011 10:00:00 PM PDT
A police dog named Hondo found millions of dollars in illegal drugs in northwest Indiana.

In just three days, the dog found crack cocaine during a routine traffic stop, helped identify 81 marijuana plants at an alleged growing operation, and discovered $1 million worth of cocaine in a Mercedes, police said.

Indiana State Police Trooper Mick Dockery pulled over a car in St. Joseph County on Wednesday, April 27, when partner Hondo indicated drugs were in the car. Hondo discovered crack cocaine under the passenger floorboard. Afraid the dog had ingested some of the drug, Officer Dockery took him to the vet. He was there overnight but released Thursday morning.

That same morning, Officer Dockery was called to a Mishawka home where Hondo located 81 marijuana plants.

Later Thursday, Officer Dockery and Hondo searched a semi tractor trailer on Indiana Toll Road near the Elkhart exit. The trailer was hauling a 2007 Mercedes Benz S550, valued at $100,000, and a 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom, valued at $300,000. Hondo found 29 kilos of cocaine inside the Mercedes which is estimated to be worth $1 million. Officers have not yet been able to access the trunk of the Rolls Royce.