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Published on May 17, 2024
CHP Canine Sully Sniffs Out Massive Fentanyl Haul in San Francisco Traffic StopSource: California Highway Patrol

San Francisco's routine traffic stop turned into a major drug bust last week, with California Highway Patrol officers seizing a stash of narcotics sufficient to supply a small army of addicts. An unlicensed driver, Rubin Natael Turcios Castro, 35, of San Lorenzo, was pulled over on westbound I-80 for a mechanical violation by a CHP officer and his canine partner, Sully.

The seemingly mundane stop escalated quickly after the officer discovered the driver lacked a license. A sniff from K9 Sully led to a search that unearthed over a half-kilo of fentanyl — enough for a staggering 250,000 lethal doses. But that wasn't all they found in the silver Honda. According to a Facebook post by the CHP - Golden Gate Division, authorities also confiscated methamphetamine, heroin, an assortment of pills, suspected Xanax, and a loaded gun.

Turcios Castro found himself in hot water as CHP reported seizing 511 grams of fentanyl, 158 grams of methamphetamine, 73 grams of heroin, 20 grams of unknown pills, and 80 grams of suspected Xanax during the May 13 traffic stop. The payload included a bonus: a loaded pistol found amidst the menagerie of drugs. The felonious cocktail was more than enough to land Castro in the San Francisco County Jail, facing a slew of drug-related charges.