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Narcotics cell uses pet dog’s services to sniff out drugs

Mumbai police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) operations will now have Liza, a female Labrador trained to sniff out

mumbai Updated: Nov 28, 2012 02:37 IST
Saurabh Joshi

Mumbai police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) operations will now have Liza, a female Labrador trained to sniff out narcotics, taking lead. ANC’s Azad Maidan unit has availed of the privately-owned Labrador’s services on a trial basis to speed up the process of catching suspected drug peddlers.

Liza can sniff out all types of drugs. This comes as great help for the police, who only have dogs trained to sniff out explosives and for criminal investigation. The ANC officials said that the trained dog would help save time and energy while conducting raids.

The Azad Maidan unit has already included Liza in their operations. Officials take her for random checks at homes of

suspects to detect the presence of drugs. “There is a higher

concentration of drug peddlers in south Mumbai’s Masjid area. We took Liza to homes of some of the accused on Monday. She was of great help as manual searching, earlier, was time consuming and required many policemen,” an ANC officer said.

Liza, the fawn-coloured Labrador, has undergone a five-month-long training by his owner Nishan Sharma. The owner said he felt it was part of his social responsibility to offer his dog’s services to the ANC. “I approached the ANC to help them curb the flow of drugs among youngsters. We don’t charge for our services and are available on call. Whenever the officials call us, we make it to the spot,” Sharma told HT. Although Sharma has a team of 10 dogs trained for tracking and

sniffing, Liza is the only dog capable of sniffing out narcotics.

However, ANC officials said that having such a trained dog is a costly affair. Liza requires a team of two handlers and a

veterinarian doctor. “We are observing the Labrador’s performance and are exploring if a fulltime specifically narco-trained dog would help ANC’s operations. If need be, we would forward a proposal to the top officials to procure a dog for ANC,” said VB Deshmukh, deputy commissioner of police (ANC).