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    Unhappy Drug Dogs Redfaced Down Under

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    May 22, 2005

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - When police sniffer dogs couldn't trace drugs, the Australian state police force soon discovered the reason: the cocaine sample used to train them was talcum powder. Seven dogs that had worked on drug searches over the past three months will need to be retrained, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Evans said Friday.

    "I'm sure our dogs have got very soft, nice smelling noses at the moment, but they are in fact trained in detecting talcum powder so that means that they will have to be retrained in detecting cocaine," he told reporters.

    "If there are any missing kids out there, we'd find them fairly quickly, I should think," he quipped.

    Evans said police did not believe cocaine had been stolen and blamed an administrative error for the mix-up.

    But internal investigations had been launched both within Victoria police and the Australian Federal Police which supplies illicit drug samples to the state force for training purposes.

    The state opposition described the case as either corruption or incompetence and called for a public inquiry into the state force.
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    Administrative error. Yeah, right.
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    At least he had the humour to joke about it. Imagine being held up for a couple of hours whilst the baffled police take apart your baby bag.
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    Originally posted by PattyV
    At least he had the humour to joke about it. Imagine being held up for a couple of hours whilst the baffled police take apart your baby bag.
    "Commissioner, we believe the drugs are in the baby's diaper!"
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    Now how do you mess the two up? Surely the handlers would have picked up on it, you can smell talcum powder.
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    Originally posted by PattyV
    Now how do you mess the two up? Surely the handlers would have picked up on it, you can smell talcum powder.
    I think real talcum powder might be more or less odorless and fragrance is added for our benefit when made into baby powder and the like. Of course I could be wrong.
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