Spoiler alert: the human had no chance.
An Illinois county sheriff deputy, Brett Bartunek, pulled over a car for changing lanes without signaling and having no license plate lights. The driver, Javier Gomez-Mendoza, 58, produced a Mexican driver’s license and said he was on his way to visit his daughter.
But when Sem, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, smelled the vehicle, he alerted to the presence of narcotics near the muffler. When the deputy observed suspicious markings on an aftermarket muffler, he took the driver and the car to a police station where the car was put on a lift.
Sem again detected drugs near the muffler area. The muffler had weld marks and mud, but there was no other mud under the car.
Police found six packages with nearly 3 kilograms of methamphetamine and three bricks of heroin weighing 3.4 kilograms. The packages were covered in pepper to disguise the smell.
A nose that can detect individual ingredients in a spaghetti sauce is not going to be fooled by any amount of pepper flakes.
Gomez-Mendoza was booked into jail on a charge of delivery of drugs.