Inbound travellers by sea or air are warned of trained police dogs on duty at the main airports and seaports in Samoa that can sniff out illegal drugs.
Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clark gave the warning at the sentencing of Mr. Tafuna Tauialo who was caught in possession of the illegal substance meth or “ice” by police dogs.
The methamphetamine case against Tauialo sheds light on the work of police canines or drug sniffer dogs Flame and Mozart, who alerted the police as well as the customs to the suspected drugs.
Justice Leiataualesa believes the dogs are very effective tools in detecting drugs at Samoa’s various ports of entry.
“I should have made known to anyone thinking of importing illegal drugs into Samoa that deployed at Samoa’s airports and sea ports of entry are police canine drug sniffers,” he said.
“These dogs as demonstrated in this case, are very effective tool in detecting drugs at our various ports entry.”
He added the effectiveness of the dogs are seen in the many drug cases coming before the Court.
Justice Leiataualesa said that people would be mistaken if they think that Samoa does not have the capability at its border to detect illegal drugs.
“The effectiveness of these sniffer dogs at Samoa’s ports of entry is increasingly being seen in the number of drug cases coming before the Courts after detection by the Police and Customs dogs,” he added.
“It would be a mistake for people to think that Samoa does not have the capability at its border to detect illegal narcotics.
“These dogs themselves should give anyone thinking to import these drugs into Samoa to think again about it and be aware of the consequences that would follow if they do proceed to do so.
“Others have already made that mistake.”