Detector Dog Caper, pictured with Border Services Officer Mark Ingalls, has retired from duty after 10 years on the job at land borders including the Pacific Highway crossing. (Canada Border Services Agency photo)

Longtime detector dog retires from border duties

Caper’s keen nose sniffed out cocaine, meth and more

Canada Border Services Agency has bid adieu to a longtime employee – one whose keen nose has helped keep hundreds of kilograms of illicit drugs off the streets.

Detector dog Caper, who worked primarily at land borders in the Pacific Region, including the Pacific Highway crossing, retired last month.

According to a news release issued Monday, the faithful ‘officer’ worked with Border Services Officer Mark Ingalls, and will live out her retirement with Ingalls and his family.

During their time on duty together, Caper assisted in seizures of cocaine and methamphetamine – totalling approximately 250 kilograms – as well as “countless” seizures of marijuana.

One highlight, the release notes, was when she sniffed out multiple pre-packaged narcotics that were stashed in a hidden compartment in a Canada-bound SUV’s centre console.

“Thanks to Caper’s skill and BSO Ingalls’ expertise, these narcotics never made it into our communities,” the release states.

Pacific Highway District Director Daniela Evans said the CBSA “will be forever grateful” for Caper’s service.