June 19, 2008

Dogs Set to Lead Way to Airport Drugs

SNIFFER dogs have been deployed to Edinburgh Airport as part of a crackdown on drug smuggling.

Police are working with the UK Border Agency to tighten security at the airport as part of the week-long initiative. They were also keen to boost their profile to deter passengers from attempting to bring drugs from abroad.

Two police dogs have been assisting officers in patrolling the airport floors in the scheme which ends tomorrow.

Although drug seizures from the airport are rare, it is understood police felt the need to stage the initiative as a powerful reminder before the summer holiday season enters full swing.

Inspector Gary Dickson, of the airport policing unit, said: "

By deploying our drugs dogs at the airport we are sending a message that we are serious about targeting those who think they can get away with bringing illegal substances into the country."

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