Drug smugglers and traffickers are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief in El Centro, California with the news that one of the Border Patrol’s most successful officers is retiring on November 30. 

Pecky, an 11-year old Belgian Malinois with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Canine Program has been a key part of the Border Patrol’s El Centro area for the past 10 years and has been extremely productive at removing drugs from the streets.

Pecky has been responsible for the removal of 2.5 tons of illegal drugs from our streets. The combined haul was worth a street value of $27 million dollars. The Border Patrol released a statement thanking her for her service and dedication. “Her drive and ability to perform at a high level for many years is appreciated by so many in the El Centro Sector,” it said.

“These service dogs are invaluable to the agency,” El Centro Sector’s Acting Chief Patrol Agent Ryan J. Scudder said. “I can’t express enough how proud we are of our K-9 department.”

The training for the K9 program begins at birth and the dogs are specially selected for this type of work. The selection assessment and training program is as discriminating as in Special Operations Forces. The program takes about 7 months for dogs to complete and costs around $40,000 for each K9 that is chosen. So, Pecky’s return on investment was an absolute bargain for the CBP. 

Pecky began her tour of duty with CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) in 2009 and in her 10-year career, she was involved in countless drug raids and seizures that led to the confiscation of:

  • 1,823 pounds of marijuana
  • 578 pounds of cocaine
  • 1,403 pounds of methamphetamine
  • 1,018 pounds of heroin

The CBP Canine Program is headquartered in El Paso, Texas and oversees two training delivery sites, Canine Center El Paso (CCEP) in El Paso, Texas and Canine Center Front Royal (CCFR) in Front Royal, Virginia.

The primary goal of the CBP Canine Program is terrorist detection and apprehension. The working CBP canine team has become the best tool available in detecting and apprehending persons that attempt entry with the purposes of organizing, inciting and carrying out acts of terrorism. The Canine Program’s secondary goal is detection and seizure of controlled substances and other contraband that is often used to finance terrorist and/or criminal drug trafficking organizations. Additionally, CBP canine teams assist local law enforcement agencies when requested.