Drug dogs to enter pubs for patrol

THE sight of paws in Southern Downs licensed premises will become a common occurrence as a tool aimed at locating patrons selling or consumung illicit drugs.

Warwick Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said police drug detection dogs weaved their noses around patrons at various licensed premises on the Southern Downs during the weekend, making it the first time dogs have been used in licensed premises to search patrons.

“Operation Kardinia was a joint operation between Warwick district Police and the Crime Investigation Branch as well as the Public Safety Response Team and the Drug Detection Unit from Brisbane,” Snr Sgt Day said.

A number of licensed premises in Warwick and Stanthorpe were investigated on Friday night and Sunday night saw Goondiwindi’s turn in the crack-down spotlight.

“We were targeting drug possession and trafficking by patrons and a number of people were charged with drug and weapon offences,” Snr Sgt Day said.

“In total two dogs and up to 20 officers were used and a number of search warrants were conducted during the operation.

“Police will continue to utilise the dogs in the future and further operations have been planned.”

No further information in relation to the charges laid was available yesterday afternoon.

Got information on drugs? Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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