Drug dogs accidentally trained to sniff out talcum
CANBERRA, Australia — Better not try to sneak any talcum powder into Australia. It seems some drug dogs were trained to sniff for the wrong stuff.
Instead of cocaine, the dogs had a nose for talcum powder. An assistant state police commissioner says the dogs "have got very soft, nice smelling noses at the moment."
He says they would be great at finding missing babies, but they're no good for dope.
Officials believe an administrative mix-up is to blame for substituting talc for the cocaine sample used to train the dogs.
Authorities say seven dogs will have to be retrained before they can be used again in drug investigations.