27 Apr 2007

Sniffer dogs to aid Samoa police in fight against drugs

4:34 am on 27 April 2007

Two sniffer dogs from New Zealand and Australia have arrived in Samoa to help police and custom officers in a renewed effort to curb drug trafficking.

Two custom officers have returned after being trained in Australia in the past three months in handling the dogs ahead of the start of a new anti-drug operation.

The new phase in the war against drugs in the country has come following government initiatives to step up police and customs searches for smuggled weapons and drugs.

Police raids last year found illegal drugs such as methamphetamine or ice, cocaine, and a number of unlawful weapons.

Several people have been charged with possession of the illegal drugs and weapons and are awaiting hearing in the Supreme Court.