Photo of the Week: K9 Mann and Officer Jorge Aquino receive ASPCA award for their drug busts
The interdictions of this dynamic duo to date include 153 pounds of cocaine, 122 pounds of heroin and an astounding 943 pounds of fentanyl
This week’s photo of the week is of Officer Jorge Aquino and K9 Mann, who will receive the ASPCA’s 2023 Public Service Award at the ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon on October 12.
Acting under the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Canine Program pairs specially trained dogs and CBP officers to, among other duties, detect and seize controlled substances and other contraband – including fentanyl – as they first enter the country.
Working out of the Area Port of Nogales, Arizona, Canine Enforcement Officer Jorge Aquino and K9 Mann, a male, red-haired German Shepard, search for controlled substances and other contraband in private, commercial conveyances and luggage, and provide support to other federal, state, and local agencies. Their interdictions to date include 153 pounds of cocaine, 122 pounds of heroin, and an astounding 943 pounds of fentanyl.
The bond between Officer Aquino and Mann goes well beyond their professional duties. When Mann severely injured his hind leg in 2022, Officer Aquino was by his side after emergency surgery and during his remarkable 12-week recovery and return to active duty. Officer Aquino plans to adopt Mann upon the dog’s retirement.
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