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  1. beentheredonethatagain
    Cannabis blunder at Tokyo airport

    The cannabis was hidden to test Narita airport's sniffer dogs
    An unwitting passenger arriving at Japan's Narita airport has received 142g of cannabis after a customs test went awry, officials say.

    A customs officer hid a package of the banned narcotic in a side pocket of a randomly chosen suitcase in order to test airport security.

    Sniffer dogs failed to detect the cannabis and the officer could not remember which bag he had put it in.

    Anyone finding the package has been asked to contact customs officials.

    "This case was extremely regrettable. I would like to deeply apologise," said Narita International Airport's customs head Manpei Tanaka.

    Strict laws

    The customs officer conducted the test on a passenger's bag against regulations. Normally a training suitcase is used.

    "I knew that using passengers' bags is prohibited, but I did it because I wanted to improve the sniffer dog's ability," the officer was quoted as saying.

    "The dogs have always been able to find it before... I became overconfident that it would work," he said.

    Japan has strict laws against drugs and possession of small amounts of cannabis can lead to a prison sentence.


    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7419969.stm

Comments

  1. phillylocal
    wait, am I reading this correctly....

    Japenese customs officials are admitting that they planted drugs in someones suitcase just to find them again?....does anyone else agree that this is freeking ABSURD...I'm gonna read the article now but, holy shit...
  2. grandbaby
    Domo arigato, I like your way of greeting visitors.
    This will not be happening, I regret to inform you.

    No, really, that's OK, no need.

    Really, it's not mine, officer. I was holding it for an airport security guard.
  3. Panthers007
    At the least, be glad they weren't testing Towser's canine abilities to look for explosives.
  4. phillylocal
    word.

    My guess, is that either the dog alerted and the handler didn't pick up on it well enough/the dog was not trained properly....my uncle trains dogs to "detect" things, and he told me that when a dog doesn't pick up on the "scent" the problem is either the training of the dog, or more often, the dog handlers ability to "read" the dog....but then again that could be a biased opinion...
  5. Bajeda
    Airport logistics could also have something to do with it. Who knows how many bags the dog had to cover in the timeframe when the marked bag was going through.
  6. Hyperspaceblastoff
    haha wut a stoner mistake
  7. Nature Boy
    That's really under-handed. That customs officer should be fired. You can't use unsuspecting people as your pawns in a pathetic little game of hide and seek. This just shows how ridiculous these measures are. I hope whoever ended up with the brick of weed is enjoying it.
  8. Panthers007
    I hope it was weed. With those idiots - it could have been Poison Sumac they busted some rock-star with.
  9. AntiAimer
    Talk about christmas morning, hopefully they didn't run into anymore dogs along the way.
  10. sunyata
    It would indeed be a shame if the passenger was in transit to a place were they hang you for that.
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