Now there are dogs on alert for illicit packages of cash

Some people are said to have a nose for money. But how about dogs?

The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública now has two animals in its Unidad Canina that have been trained to detect hidden currency in the same way that other animals can detect drugs or explosives.

They are part of 21 handler-dog teams that just finished three months of training Friday.  These are the first dogs in the Costa Rican law enforcement organizations that can detect hidden money. They are likely to end up working at airports or at border crossings in conjunction with drug-detecting dogs.

In addition to the Fuerza Pública, some of the teams are being assigned to the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas. The dogs are of various breeds that have been donated to the ministry by citizens.

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