TWO Pembrokeshire-based sniffer dogs have once again proven themselves to be canine crime fighters, this time sniffing a massive amount of cannabis in the West Midlands with a market value of up to £ 200,000.
In a covert illicit tobacco operation on Thursday 9 September, Walsall Trading Standards, in partnership with the police, got more than they bargained for when detector dogs from Pembrokeshire-based BWY Canine Ltd. sniffed cannabis.
As part of the pre-planned sting of trade standards, several other premises suspected of illicit tobacco trade and questionable vaping were also searched and illegal tobacco and “bang vapes” were also seized in two stores.
The drugs were discovered in locked metal containers.
Highly trained detection dogs Yoyo and Scamp swung into action at the targeted site and circled three large storage boxes that clearly contained “interesting content.”
A specialized locksmith was called in to find a way to enter through the steel box walls.
Trading Standards discovered a number of large ‘ready to buy’ bags of dried cannabis, all of which were removed by West Midlands Police.
In another raid on a targeted site, Scamp sniffed a large stash of illegal cigarettes hidden in a fancy stash directly behind a hand dryer in the toilet.
The dryer was closed with an electromagnet, but, when forced, it revealed a void in the wall – which contained around 6,000 illegal cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco.
There was praise for the dynamic duo of Garry Perry, Deputy Head of the Walsall Council: “Well done everyone, and well done Scamp and Yoyo. My simple message to those criminals who think they are dealing in drugs, illicit tobacco and dodgy vaping, is simple – no matter how smart you think you are – you can’t outsmart these dogs, or Trading Standards and the police.
Scamp and Yoyo are no strangers to the fight against crime.
In just five years, Scamp has sniffed over £ 6million of illegal tobacco products; so prolific that a £ 25,000 bounty was put on his head.
Scamp and Yoyo have already received Special Mention from West Mercia Police for their work in disrupting serious organized crime.