Lfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27 Posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3191 times:
October 6, 2003
Two dogs used to smuggle cocaine fell ill when the packages of drugs inside their stomachs burst during a flight from Columbia, Dutch police said on Sunday.
Police at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport said the labradors each had two kg (4.4 pounds) of cocaine surgically attached in their stomachs. During a stop-over at Schiphol on the way to Britain, the labradors were brought to a veterinarian.
"The veterinarian initially gave them medication but they only got worse. Then surgery was performed and the drugs were discovered," a police spokesman said.
He said an investigation by Dutch and British authorities resulted in the arrest of seven people in Britain last week.
British police confirmed they had arrested seven for drug smuggling, but declined comment on whether dogs were involved.
Two men and one woman from Britain were charged with an attempt to import cocaine, while the remaining suspects were bailed pending further enquiries.
The Schiphol police spokesman said to his knowledge it was the first time Dutch airport police had seen animals used to smuggle drugs.
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Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3090 times:
as with humans the first discovery has thus been made by accident.
As sick as it is, it could have been expected as the scanning of humans travelling from drugs producing regions is being ammended with X-ray machines to detect drugs inside the body.
IMO the required penalty for drugs trafficking should be forced ingestion of the entire load in a single dose by the person carrying it (or in this case the person the dogs were sent to).
Tjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2434 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3043 times:
I'd hate to think what they would have done to the dogs had they made it past the authorities. I don't think they would have surgically removed the coke, patched up the dogs, and nursed them back to health. They'd probably be butchered and left to die.
My wife and I rescued a lab/ shepherd mix from an abusive near starvation situation and I cringe every time I think how my buddy was treated when he was a puppy. These people need to experience a little pain and suffering for inflicting pain and suffering on defenseless animals! S.O.B.'s!!
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