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​Canine detective thwarts smuggling attempt

Publication date: Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Corrective Services NSW drug detection dog Mojo proved himself a super sniffer ove​r the weekend, alerting staff at the Goulburn Correctional Centre to 46.5 grams of contraband on two prison visitors.

The six year old English Springer Spaniel and his acute sense of smell prevented the​ illicit drugs and tobacco from being taken into the correctional centre.

Mojo's first detection over the weekend was at 11.15 on Saturday morning, on a 33-year-old Constitutional Hill woman. The woman was escorted to a search room where she volunteered four balloons containing 7.7 grams of contraband that had been concealed in her clothing. Police were notified and the woman was issued a court attendance notice.

Mojo's second 'positive indication' was at 12.40pm when he detected 38.8 grams of contraband that a 24-year-old Rutherford woman had hidden in a body cavity. The woman was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station where she was charged with two counts of drug supply.

Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin praised Mojo for his record haul and warned visitors trying to smuggle contraband into prisons.

"As Mojo's admirable detection skills over the weekend proved, the chance of being caught smuggling contraband into the state's prisons is extremely high," Commissioner Severin said.

When contraband is detected, Commissioner Severin said, it will be seized, visitors will be charged by police and they will lose their prison visiting privileges.

The Commissioner explained that Mojo and other Corrective Services NSW dogs go through 12 weeks of intensive training at the elite Security Operations Group in Windsor, northwest of Sydney.

Corrective Services' K9 teams include German Shepherds, Labradors, Springer Spaniels and Border Collies. They're highly skilled in detecting drugs, mobile phones and other prohibited items.

​​Above: Corrective Services NSW drug detection dog Mojo.

Above: Mojo in action.

Above: Mojo sits proudly next to the Corrective Services NSW emblem.