Drug bust dog gone wrong

Drug bust dog gone wrong

  • Hong Kong
  • May 29, 2008

JAPAN’S customs authority has said sorry for planting cannabis on an incoming Hong Kong passenger to test out one of its sniffer dogs.

Embarrassed officials had to issue a public appeal to the passenger to return the 142 grams of cannabis after the dog failed to detect it and the customs officer forgot in which bag he planted the drugs.

The incident on Sunday, involving a passenger on a Cathay Pacific flight into Tokyo, brought an outcry from the Hong Kong Government and tourism officials. The drugs — worth almost $US10,000 ($A10,440) — were recovered on Monday evening from the passenger in a Tokyo hotel. It is not known if the passenger was traced or alerted officials.

A customs spokesman told the South China Morning Post the department offered “our deepest apologies”.