Law enforcement officials from abroad have sought to buy Icelandic drug dogs, but Icelandic authorities say they are already crucially needed here.
In the national police’s yearly review, RÚV reports, there are drug dogs in every corner of the country. In 2010, they found drugs 384 times.
One of the residual effects of the lagging global economy is that the drug trade is booming, and so the demand – and price – for drug dogs has gone even higher. Icelandic police and customs authorities recently bred two of their drug dogs, producing a litter of eight puppies.
Unspecified law enforcement officials from overseas made offers for the puppies, but Icelandic authorities turned them down, as there is still a great demand for them here at home.
Drug dogs in Iceland are more often than not used at the Keflavík international airport, but they are also used at various shipping harbours around the country.