Now, dogs to sniff out contraband drugs along Indo-Pak border

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 15, 2013 12:00 hrs

To prevent the inflow of drugs from Pakistan, Indian Customs will soon use Labrador dogs at the Attari- Wagah border that separates road and railway routes between India and Pakistan.

The sniffer dog squad will be tasked with the responsibility of sniffing out contraband drugs. The dogs are being trained for a period of six months in Tikampur. Full body scanners will also be installed at the border.

This information was shared by Customs Commissioner K.K. Sharma on Friday after the destruction of a huge quantity of heroin on the outskirts of Amritsar.

At least 445 kilograms of heroin has been seized in the last three years by the Customs and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) under the jurisdiction of the Commission rate level. The contraband drugs were seized in the 26 different cases.

International smugglers have been active in the contraband drugs trade along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab for years.

Sharma said: "The entire border has been fenced, but smugglers are smugglers. They find ways to smuggle this stuff in to this side. And even if we take more precautionary measures, they can still manage to smuggle drugs to Indian side".

Sharma informed that Indian Customs is getting a stronger vision at the crucial points by adding more gadgets and placing new strategies to prevent smuggling through this border. He, however, admitted that smuggling at the border put adverse impact on the trade.

He said that many a time they have registered this issue with their counterpart on various meeting. Sharma says that they (Pakistani authority) informed that they (Pak officials) have shifted their old staff from the last checkpoint and deployed anti narcotics force there. Sharma said, "If you recall that last seizer we have made in October 2012 and after that it is now quite". By Ravinder Singh Robin (ANI)

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