Home Minister Umar Naseer has said the Maldives will buy 15 sniffer dogs from the Netherlands to detect drugs brought into the country.
Speaking to news agency Haveeru last week, Naseer said the dogs will cost US$ 80,000. The Ministry of Finance has confirmed it would pay for the dogs, he said.
The Maldives Police Services will train with the dog squad in Kandym, Sri Lanka.
“After the dog squad is brought in, no vessel can enter the country without attaining a drug clearance. This means that the dogs will go on board the vessel and check every nook and cranny,” he said.
Under President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, sniffer dogs had been leased from the Sri Lankan government.
“This time we are purchasing the dogs. So now no one can claim them back, they will become the state’s property,” he said.