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Animals on the Frontline

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Mission Police Officer Roque Vela rewards his canine with a toy after stopping a package of marijuana from being shipped from a post office.

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For those rare occasions when human skills are insufficient, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and local law enforcement officers turn to their friends in the animal world for some on-the-job help. In Rio Grande City, Archie, a CBP K-9, helps agents track a group of illegal immigrants spotted passing through.