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State adds eight new members to public police force

Cancun, Q.R. — Eight new highly trained dogs have arrived from a specialized institute in Colombia for use in Quintana Roo.

The eight new dogs have arrived from the Álvaro Rojas Ahumada School of the National Police of Colombia and will be used by the Ministry of Public Security of Quintana Roo. The dogs are now part of the Canine Binomial Association for crime prevention.

The newest members of the state police force are Tina, Tamara, Layka, Aisa, Many, Jey, Simba and Abba, all Shepard or Sheppard-mix breeds. They will be added to the seven specialized dogs the state already has.

With a total of 15, the highly-trained dogs will be used to search for prohibited substances such as drugs, as well as weapons and explosive materials.

The 11 male and four female dogs, together with their handlers, will help increase security and strengthen active crime prevention around the state. They will be distributed accordingly in various cities around Quintana Roo.

The specialized K-9s are used on a daily basis around the state, particularly in places such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen where the dogs often detect drug shipments.

In May, a narcotic dog working at the Cancun International Airport located a heroin shipment. In June, a woman in Playa del Carmen was pulled over at the ferry terminal after a K-9 took interest in her luggage. An inspection revealed 43 kilos of marijuana.