The Garda sniffer dog Rex which was recently in Birr looking for drugs. Rex, a labrador, is one of 19 garda dogs.
A Garda sniffer dog has discovered a large stash of drugs in Offaly
€3,450 worth of drugs was discovered by a Garda dog in a Birr housing estate recently.
The Garda Dog Unit was in Birr recently searching a house in the housing estate for drugs.
During the course of the search, assisted by Rex (a black labrador), at 7 in the evening, they found €1,750 of cannabis herb and €1,700 of amphetamine. They also found drug paraphernalia, which included weighing scales.
A local man in his 20s was arrested and detained and charged with the possession of illegal drugs for sale and supply.
The search was part of Operation Tara, a national Garda anti-drugs operation which has been running for several months.
A Garda spokesperson pointed out that dogs like Rex can find much more than drugs when they are searching people's houses. “They are trained in a number of fields," he explained. "As well as sniffing out illegal drugs they can also sniff out cash and in some cases weapons so they’re very highly-trained animals”.
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