Thieves switch Mexican police drug dog for mongrel pup

By BlueMystic · Aug 27, 2007 · ·
  1. BlueMystic
    Thieves switch Mexican police dog for mongrel pup
    Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:05PM BST

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A top police sniffer dog working for an elite Mexican drug squad was stolen during an airport transfer by thieves who left a mixed-breed puppy in its place, the attorney general's office said.

    Rex IV, a highly trained Belgian Malinois sheepdog with a string of drug hauls behind him, was checked on to a flight from Mexico City this week with seven other police dogs bound for an operation in the northern state of Sinaloa.

    But when the dogs arrived at Mazatlan airport, Sinaloa, their police handlers discovered a small black mongrel puppy inside Rex IV's cage, with the sniffer dog nowhere to be seen.

    "In 17 years I've never seen anything like this. It's rather delicate," a Public Security Ministry spokesman told Reuters on Sunday, adding that the worry was the dog could help smugglers find new ways to conceal drugs.

    "It's like kidnapping an intelligence agent," he said.

    An airline employee told investigators a man posing as a police officer appeared at the counter and asked to switch the puppy for Rex IV because the Malinois was unwell.

    Rex IV is part of an elite Special Canine Unit set up in 2001 as part of Mexico's battle against cartels that smuggle South American cocaine and other drugs to the United States.

    President Felipe Calderon launched a new war on drug gangs when he took power in December, sending thousands of police and soldiers to northern and western states where turf wars between rival drug cartels leave dozens dead each week.

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  1. Nagognog2
    Bet someone ate some good stew that night.
  2. ProtectedByTheGods
    I hope not. :mad: And I don't believe that that would have happend.
    The dog is too valuable to just eat him.
    Surely you jest, evil nagging troll.

    Anyways, it's a new tactic in the war-on-"war-on-drugs". :laugh:
  3. dutch-marshal
    this is think is so cool ^^

    they probebly want to know mroe about the "drugs" dogs and where they react to ect..

    but the idea! the perfect crime! i really wanted to see the face of the officer when he opened the "cage"
  4. vantranist
    Thats what dogs get for joining up with the force.
  5. LookingForHer

    I hope they looked after that poor sheperd dog though!
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