Video: Australian sniffer dog sweeps prison cells for contraband

A GoPro camera was fitted to a sniffer dog as it performed a "sweep" of Mount Gambier Prison with its handler


ABC News

SOUTH AUSTRALIA — Footage taken from a camera attached to a sniffer dog has given the public a "unique insight" into police attempts to stop contraband entering the prison system, a South Australian minister has said.

A GoPro camera was fitted to a sniffer dog as it performed a "sweep" of Mount Gambier Prison with its handler. Of the 79 visitors checked by sniffer dogs at the prison, 18 people were turned away, seven were banned for 12 months and one person was arrested for attempting to bring drugs inside. The Government said those turned away gave a "positive indication to drugs by the dogs" but no substances were found.

Correctional Services Minister Tony Piccolo said the unit had five handlers and five dogs and, since it was launched in 2014, had undertaken 185 search operations, including 1,868 cell searches, 2,054 prisoners searchers and 1,585 visitor searches.

"It's about reducing the risks presented by criminal gangs attempting to take drugs, weapons and other contraband into South Australian prisons," he said.

Full story: Video camera footage from South Australian sniffer dog gives 'insight' to Mt Gambier prison sweep

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