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Customs dog ate part of cannabis, suspect released

Author Sudouest.fr
Published on 05/05/2022 at 13:42.
Updated on 05/05/2022 at 14:40.

To detect drugs, weapons, and explosives, nothing beats sharp-nosed customs-trained dogs. But it happens that the animal, perhaps too playful, goes further. This is exactly what happened in Toulouse, where a dog ingested part of the suspect’s marijuana shipment, invalidating the weigh-in and effectively canceling the procedure.

This amazing story was told on May 5 by our colleagues from La Dépêche. It all started on March 17 during an operation by the Office of Drug Enforcement (OFAST) and customs on Avenue du Pradier in Toulouse. A customs dog, trained to look for drugs, notices drugs very quickly thanks to his nose. In the box, the police found 25.5 kg of cannabis resin.

The investigation allows to establish the owner of this illegal party. He is 29 years old, he is from the west of Toulouse. The man, a recidivist, was under close surveillance and was detained on March 28. While everyone blames him, he was listened to and then immediately brought to trial, but was immediately released. Why ? Because the customs dog that ate some of the confiscated cannabis invalidated the evidence weighing. A detail that did not escape the suspect’s lawyer, Me Morgan Dupu, who declared the procedure invalid. His client is finally released. But the prosecutor’s office will appeal this decision, writes “La Dépêche”. We do not know the amount of the drug ingested, nor the state of health of the dog in question…

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