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Drug detection dogs in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland helped seize more than a quarter of a million pounds’ worth of illegal drugs and cash in 2020.
Since January 1, the charity Dogs Against Drugs – Shetland has helped detect and seize illegal substances and cash totalling £125,363. Orkney Drugs Dog has also been involved in the seizure of drugs valued at £62,000, while almost £56,000 worth of illegal drugs have been seized in the Western Isles.
The dogs and their handlers work in conjunction with police and Superintendent Iain MacLelland said an increase in the quantity of controlled drugs being seized from postal delivery services had been most evident in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.
‘My thanks go to these charities once again. I can say with some certainty these areas are safer places to live thanks to the handlers and their trusted dogs,’ he said.
Orkney Drugs Dog and Dogs Against Drugs – Shetland rely on donations to remain operational, while in the Western Isles, the Alcohol and Drugs Partnership generously funded some of the set-up costs involved in bringing a dog and handler to the area.