Buckley sniffs out trou­ble on our trains

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

A PO­LICE drug dog de­tected 14 peo­ple sus­pected of pos­sess­ing drugs dur­ing a Cottes­loe po­lice op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing trains be­tween Mos­man Park and Clare­mont sta­tions, and in Clare­mont’s CBD, last Thurs­day.

“The op­er­a­tion was con­ducted be­cause when we map crime in the area, we see a strong con­nec­tion be­tween the train line and Stir­ling High­way and re­ports ei­ther side of those routes,” Se­nior Sergeant Neil Mor­tonSmith said.

Po­lice are aware peo­ple use the train lines to trans­port drugs and ac­cess drug deal­ers and be­lieve they may also com­mit crimes in ad­ja­cent sub­urbs.

More searches on the trains are planned.

“And that’s why we’ve got the drug dog to see how much, if any, drugs are go­ing along the line,” Sgt Mor­ton-Smith said.

Drug dog Buckley, with his han­dler Con­sta­ble Mitch Rowe, searched car­riages and de­tected three peo­ple, in­clud­ing a West Perth woman (48) and a Meadow Springs woman (25), with small amounts of mar­i­juana, and they were is­sued with cannabis in­ter­ven­tion no­tices re­quir­ing them to at­tend a lec­ture on the drug.

Buckley can de­tect a range of drugs, in­clud­ing heroin, ec­stacy and metham­phetamine.

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