Sniffing out drugs at airport is Monty’s bag
Monty has a nose for trouble – and he found trouble on Monday morning at OR Tambo International Airport.
It was Monty, a three-year-old German Shepherd, who confirmed that a white powder found concealed in a laptop was in fact cocaine.
The male passenger, who had arrived with the laptop on flight SA223 from São Paulo, Brazil, was handed to the SAPS and arrested.
What the SA Revenue Service customs team had found was 3kg worth of cocaine, valued at R1.5 million.
The passenger, said Marika Muller, a spokeswoman for Sars, was identified for further customs checks shortly after he stepped off the plane.
“These officials are trained to pick up if there is something unusual,” he explained.
The passenger had in his possession a bag of clothes and a laptop bag. He was taken to the customs search area, where his bags were inspected.
During examination, the laptop was found to have been tampered with and that it contained a white powder. That was when Monty stepped in.
Monty has been on the job for a year and is trained to detect narcotics such as cocaine, mandrax, dagga, ecstasy and heroin.
While Monty specialises in sniffing out drugs, other dogs trained by Sars seek out other forms of contraband, including animal parts, money, copper and even CDs.
This was Sars’s second drug bust in eight days.