Dixie the sniffer dog busts illegal tobacco sellers

Dixie and her handler Bobbie Cranie

Dixie and her handler Bobbie Cranie

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In a first for Aberdeenshire, a sniffer dog has been used to target businesses where intelligence indicated illegal tobacco products were being supplied.

In a two-day operation, Aberdeenshire Council Trading Standards officers, supported by Police Scotland, targeted a number of local businesses believed to be involved in supplying illicit products.

Sniffer dog Dixie has been trained by Stirling Council to target the scent of tobacco and DVD products and to direct officers to hidden stashes in more unusual places. In this particular operation, the dog was able to detect tobacco hidden behind a false wall at one business premises.


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