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Border Checkpoint Dog Apparently Poisoned

June 03, 1993| Associated Press

DEL RIO, Tex. — A dog that sniffed out millions of dollars worth of cocaine along the Mexican border has been found dead, apparently poisoned by smugglers.

Vengeful drug traffickers apparently placed a bounty on Duc, said Aaron Billings, supervising intelligence officer for the U.S. Border Patrol's Del Rio sector. "There have been other bounties for drug-sniffing dogs, but this is a first for our sector," he said.

There was no immediate information on who may have offered the bounty or how much it was.

Duc, a Belgian malanois, was a familiar sight at border checkpoints and in school classrooms.

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