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Monday 11 December 2017

Good dog! Ralph sniffs out €319k drugs after 3 weeks in job

HE's only three weeks into his new job with Customs but Ralph is already top dog.

The latest member of the Customs Service Drugs Unit based in Rosslare Harbour in Co Wexford may be small in stature but he's already proved he can handle tall orders.

Springer spaniel Ralph sniffed out 53 kilos worth of cannabis resin with an estimated street value of €319,000 at Rosslare on Monday.

Ralph - who underwent special training in England - had a tough act to follow since his predecessor, TV star Dillon, retired last December.

Dillon was involved in uncovering more than €30m worth of drugs destined for sale on Irish streets during his five-year stint with Customs.

Ralph is the fourth dog to be based in Rosslare harbour -- following in the steps of Dillon, Zak and Jake. His handler, Denis Lawlor, said his natural instincts are well-honed as he passed a strict training regime in the UK.

"There is a failure rate of 50pc. Only half the dogs actually pass out," he said.







Suspicious

On Monday, Ralph searched a car that was disembarking from the Irish Ferries' vessel, the Oscar Wilde. It had travelled from Cherbourg in France and Ralph soon sniffed out something suspicious.

When the car was checked more closely, the drugs were found.

A man was brought to Wexford Garda Station where he continues to be held for questioning.

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