Saturday 21 April 2018

Ollie the sniffer dog discovers cocaine haul hidden in plane cabin

Ollie the detection dog
Ollie the detection dog
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Ollie the sniffer dog followed his nose towards a large stash of hidden drugs on a plane… and is now being hailed a hero.

The detection dog sniffed out a haul of 3.4kg of cocaine hidden behind a panel in the cabin of a plane that arrived into Shannon Airport from the US on Easter Sunday.

The find, with an approximate street value of €240,000, was as a result of routine profiling by Revenue’s Customs Service.

Ollie boarded the plane with Revenue officers during the routine search, but showed an interest in a panel in the cabin. The drugs were concealed behind the cabin panel.

It’s not clear whether the plane was a private aircraft or if it was a scheduled flight. It is also not clear how long the drugs were hidden for and if they were intended for that specific flight. 

Seizures on aircraft are not common, but have happened before.

US authorities are now assisting the international investigation into the seizure.

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