Jerry notes that despite criminals’ efforts to hide untaxed or contraband tobacco or mask its distinctive smell with coffee, mothballs or even dryer sheets, a highly trained canine is no match.
“Max’s nose is about 250,000 to 500,000 times more powerful than a human,” added Jerry. Dogs like Max or Filmore are able break apart smells. For example, when a human just smells spaghetti cooking, a dog smells the individual ingredients: tomatoes, oregano, onions and peppers.
Filmore’s sniffing skills are equally impressive.
His handler Jim said, “We recently were working in a Queens neighborhood. Filmore sniffed around a garage door, and he sat down to alert me. The local investigators secured a search warrant and some 75 feet away, hidden in the back of the garage, were 800 cartons of untaxed cigarettes.
“When we opened the garage door, the smell of mold and mildew was so strong that it took a while for us to enter,” said Jim. “Everyone, including me, was impressed that Filmore could smell those cigarettes over the mold and mildew from so far away.”