MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Police are crediting the sensitive nose of a drug-detecting dog for scoring a sizable marijuana bust during a South Bay house raid Tuesday.
Zeus, a black Labrador trained by Mountain View police and currently working for a countywide drug squad, sniffed out more than 100 pounds of marijuana sealed in large plastic containers that authorities believe was going to be sold outside the state.
The discovery occurred during a raid of a South Bay home by the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team, which is composed of officers from multiple local police agencies.
In addition to the marijuana, which was hidden in a closet, police say 3-year-old Zeus also found $75,000 in a safe and called out a drawer containing cocaine. He found the cash because it was at least partly coated with traces of drugs.
Police withheld further details about the investigation in part because it involves undercover officers.
"We are extremely proud of Zeus' hard work at the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team," Mountain View police Lt. Chris Hsiung said in a statement. "Our participation in this countywide unit is a testament to our commitment to reducing narcotics trafficking not only in Santa Clara County, but as this case demonstrates, across state lines."
Zeus and his handler have worked with the drug squad since June 2012 and have detected notable amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, Ecstasy pills and cocaine. One of those highlights happened Aug. 21, when Zeus was involved in the search of a San Jose home and found two pounds of meth in a hidden compartment in a car on the property.
When he's not out chasing narcotics, Zeus usually can be seen chasing Frisbees in his down time.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.