In an effort to crack down on illicit drugs consignments, customs officials at Frankfurt airport use sniffer dogs to find hidden packages. Police dog Viggo detected a huge stash of illegal drugs on one female, Brazilian passenger.
By, 16 Aug 2019
The 56-year-old female had recently travelled from São Paula and she was on a mission to pass through customs at Frankfurt airport, undetected.
Police dog has a different agenda
Viggo, the drugs detection dog, has been trained to move along the line of passengers, sniffing for any illegal contraband. When they have a find, the dog will freeze motionless in front of the suspect, alerting their handler to the possibility of contraband drugs.
Dog’s reaction raises alarm bells
The Brazilian passenger was caught out and identified by the Labrador-Mischling as the dog followed down the line up of travellers. Customs officers accompanied her to a security office, where her suitcase was x-rayed. The results showed that there were packages of drugs secretly hidden inside the wall of the luggage. Investigation showed that she had attempted to smuggle a huge 2.5 kilos of cocaine in her case. The black-market value of these drugs is around 95,000 euros. The Brazilian passenger was taken into custody for further questioning.
Thanks to the skills and provision of drug detection dogs like Viggo, there is a huge reduction in the supply and distribution of many illegal drugs, in every country. They provide a visible, high profile deterrent to criminals involved in the drugs scene, assisting the police and customs officials in the detection of illegal substances.