In the four years since New Zealand Customs Service Drug Detector dogs have been trained to detect pseudoephedrine, they have found over 100kg.
This amount of precursor would have been used to make approximately $25 million worth of crystal methamphetamine.
When the effects of methamphetamine started becoming apparent in the community, and the precursor was regularly being intercepted at the border, Customs developed a training programme to introduce the dogs to ephedrine and pseudoephedrine scents.
Dave Huff, Chief Customs Officer Detector Dog Training said “There was a massive increase in importations of Contac NT. We needed to make sure all the dogs were active in meeting this threat.”
There's only an increase because there's MONEY in it? Who's fault is that? Cops and courts should have left cannabis alone, and all people would have smoked was mundane drug as opposed to pharmaceutical crap... or alcohol for that matter.
Along with pseudoephedrine the dogs are trained to detect other illicit drugs such as cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, ecstasy and heroin.
Did you know that dogs can NOT smell LSD... sh... don't tell the drug smugglers.
It is fitting that this landmark amount has been reached on June 26, the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Illicit drugs represent a major problem to society. No individual, family or community is safe where illicit drugs take control.
So why would people want to give the control to the gangs? I mean, if drugs are that bad, wouldn't you think that the government would want to regulate it, and not give the power to the gangs. Makes absolutely no scents (sic).
Customs has used detector dogs since 1975. During this period the dogs have had thousands of interceptions, ranging from relatively small amounts of drugs, to multi kilo amounts, the largest in excess of 180kg.
There are nine drug detector dogs working for Customs, with another three in training. The dogs work alongside customs officers finding drugs at international airports in suitcases and on the bodies of passengers. They also search international mail, cargo, ships and small craft.
Mr Huff said “It’s a great feeling every time a dog finds drugs. We remember that all the time and effort we put into training the dogs actually does make a difference to our communities.”
Don't you mean.. thank god there are drugs around because if there weren't we'd be out of a job!! Make a difference to our community! huh? ... there is NO difference. Drugs are STILL on the streets and it's now more prevelant. So, which part of the drug laws WORK?
Customs contributes data to the Drug Harm Index and will draw from the index to measure the effectiveness of operations and interceptions on the drug trade in New Zealand.
“The Drug Harm Index will show us not only the street value of the drugs we intercept, but also the benefits to the community in getting these drugs off the street.” Mr Huff said.
The Drug Index... what a joke ! I mean, who did this study? The police, the customs.. sounds pretty bias to me.