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Feb 11, 2013

Custom’s K-9 sniffs out border ammunition

The use of dogs is part of a push by the National Security Ministry to tract illegal drugs and ammunition at the different ports of entry. Over the weekend, the K-9 Unit and the Customs Department were on patrol along the western border. Several rounds of ammunition were found with the efforts of a special dog attached to the Department. Carla Bradley has that report.


Carla Bradley, Reporting

Law enforcement officers along with the Customs Department participated in a four-month intense training program last June to strengthen anti-drug efforts. The program included the training of dogs for the K-9 unit of the Ministry of National Security. Over the weekend, “Jesse”, a black Labrador attached to the Customs Department, showed just how much that training paid off.


Linbergh Coburn

Linbergh Coburn, K-9 Handler

“We were at the Benque border doing a joint operation there with the customs at the Benque border and about seven-thirty roughly, we heard a gunshot coming from the river side and shortly after immigration personnel came up with persons trying to contraband beer down there; so along with the police officers and the K-9 officers we went down to the river bank where we just comb the area searching for other stuff, maybe if someone else was there doing any illegal activities at night. We found, well “Jesse” found seventeen ammunition for rifle and forty-five ammunition for a point forty-five.”


Coburn explained that without the help of these special officers, Jesse, in particular, the operation would not have been as successful.


Linbergh Coburn

“Actually it was pitch black and without light, we couldn’t have seen anything. When I was approaching an area, Jesse alerted me, she tugged on the leash and I was tugging back because I thought it was caught up in her foot but actually she was giving me an indication that something was there; it was on a slope so she couldn’t give a final response and sit. When I flashed the light towards the dog’s are, I noticed she was playing with a plastic bag and looking up at me and I searched the plastic bag and I found the ammunition.”


The special police officer sniffed and detected the bag with the ammo that was hidden under a rock where it was difficult for the police officers to detect.  Collin Griffith believes his department made a wise choice to sign on to the National K-9 Unit program.


Collin Griffith

Collin Griffith, Deputy Controller

“When we received the invitation to be a part of the national K-9 Unit, I must say the customs department was very excited recognizing that human element is limited and with the resources and the additional aid that we could have gotten with the dogs; we jumped on the program, selected three of our officers to join the National K-9 Unit  and we were forcefully enough in our proposal to them to have our dogs housed in Belize City and I must say we will utilize the K-9 Unit to the fullest of its ability and to let the, those that would want to do things that are wrong recognize with the addition of these three new officers as I refer to them, we will be able to find things that the normal human would not be able to find.”


The Customs Department has a total of three K-9 officers, Jesse, a black Labrador trained in the sniffing out of ammunition and weapons and two German shepherds, Amigo and Yung Ming who are trained in the sniffing out of drugs. Carla Bradley for News Five.

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7 Responses for “Custom’s K-9 sniffs out border ammunition”

  1. not again says:

    Bring them to the Corozal border. All the drugs and guns are passing here. We need the police check point again stationary before the inmigration. Search everyone even goverment vehicles. Have cameras at the check point with border management because they are very corrupted.

  2. BMNJ says:

    A well trained dog will do a great job in finding weapons and drugs. Maybe instead of having the GSU going into the gang infested area and executing searches, they should have the K-9 Unit there.

  3. Mike Green says:

    There are a total of 12 K-9 teams deployed between the Police, Customs, and BDF. When these assets are deployed correctly they are a force to be reckoned with. You can hide it but K-9 will find it!

  4. Storm says:

    Give that dog a bone!

    These dogs are a great addition to our security forces, if anything, we need more of them.

    Personally, I’d like to see them walk through the halls of government sometime, to see which of our leaders has drugs and guns.

  5. fidencio says:

    i agree with storm but indeed bring them to north everything passes there

  6. 2shy says:

    The two customs officer did a terrific job. Kudos to them, obviously some solid officers r still out there. Promote those guys mein , Mr Griffit give recognition where it is due cause customs is always doing !@$$ now caz of the guy and d dog unu look good.

  7. 2shy says:

    Awesome job Coby n Jessi, give the man a promotion, he made customs make news for something positive!

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