Airports: Sniffing drugs for a living

2012-10-25 08:37
Johannesburg - A Three-year-old German Sherperd named Monty has a nose for trouble and it proved its worth on Monday at OR Tambo International Airport, after the Revenue Service customs team had found was 3kg worth of cocaine, valued at R1.5 million concealed in a laptop.

According to The Star Monty confirmed that the white powder found was in fact cocaine.

According to Marika Muller, a spokesperson for Sars, the suspected smuggler arrived from São Paulo, Brazil on board a an SSAA flight and was identified for further customs checks shortly after he stepped off the plane.

During examination, the laptop was found to have been tampered with and that it contained a white powder. That was when Monty stepped in.

Monty has been on the job for a year and is trained to detect narcotics such as cocaine, mandrax, dagga, ecstasy and heroin.

While Monty specialises in sniffing out drugs, other dogs trained by Sars seek out other forms of contraband, including animal parts, money, copper and even CDs.


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