A drug sniffer dog's finely tuned was no match for a woman who allegedly tried to smuggle cannabis into Ngawha prison.
Corrections News reports dog-handler Bill Taylor and sniffer dog Barney were doing a routine check of vehicles entering the prison and stopped a female driver. Barney detected a drug odour near the driver's seat.
Nothing was found in the car but the woman was interviewed. She allegedly told the officer she had drugs but not in a convenient place to remove in front of him. Under a female corrections officer's supervision, the visitor allegedly produced a glad-wrapped package containing cannabis and cigarette papers.
The items were confiscated and the woman arrested by police. To make her day worse, she was also pinged for having no warrant of fitness and an expired registration.
Drug dogs and their handlers are regular visitors at Ngawha prison.