CUSTOMS WANTS DRUG "SNIFFER" DOGS IN AMERICAN SAMOA

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (May 31, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The Customs Service in American Samoa is hoping to gain federal funding to pay for two "sniffer" dogs and train their handlers to combat the territory’s most serious drug problem, methamphetamine -- or "ice."

The acting Chief of Customs, Jim Butler, says it’s an easy drug to hide and it’s hard to intercept by humans, but not by trained dogs.

Mr. Butler, who has just returned from the annual conference of Pacific rim customs offices in Hawai‘i, is trying to secure about (US) $170,000, and is hopeful at least some of it will be provided by his U.S. counterparts.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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