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Kuwait customs dogs fail to detect drugs, other contraband

KUWAIT CITY, April 25: The customs officials have revealed there are attempts to investigate the ability of dogs to detect all types of explosives in light of the ongoing investigations into smuggling operations, noting the failure of dogs in the detection of drug shipments on more than one occasion, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting sources.

In this regards, the security authorities have asked for a statement on the types of dogs that are trained to sniff various types of drugs and narcotic pills and types of explosives.

An official source revealed that the customs authorities did not train dogs on the types of narcotic pills on the pretext of non-availability of such drugs at the customs, while training on the explosives; the materials are available from the Department of Explosives. The total number of dogs currently with the department is 110, of which 70 are trained and 40 are under training.

Meanwhile, the General Administration of Customs has received a letter from the Ministry of Interior with a request to instruct the concerned authority to inspect all trucks arriving into the country using an X-ray machine, citing security reasons.

The sources revealed that the customs officers at the Salmi border post at the moment are using the X-ray machines to check the trucks only coming from Kingdom of Jordan and the Arab Republic of Egypt while trucks coming from Gulf countries, empty trucks, trucks carrying sheep and camel herdsmen are exempted from this exercise.

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