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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 44, October 29, 2006, Article 28

DOES THAT MONEY SMELL FUNNY?  ASK THE COUNTERFEIT-SNIFFING DOG

An article published Saturday on the NewsMax site notes: "According
to a new report released jointly by the U.S. Secret Service, the
Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board, Colombia was
revealed as the primary purveyor of counterfeit dollars entering
the United States. In fact, this report estimates that Colombia
is responsible for about 15 percent of all circulating fake currency."

"The Secret Service now has a new weapon in its never-ending fight
against Colombian-based bogus bill manufacturers: the counterfeit
money-detecting canine.

Yes, it's true!

According to a Secret Service press release, these latest doggy
additions to the arsenal of tools used in combating international
counterfeiting graduated from their special training program.

With funding from the Secret Service, Colombian authorities
established a counterfeit detection canine program where teams,
each comprising dog and its handler, undergo a 12-week training
program. The first graduates of this innovative training program
are now being used to discover counterfeit currency.

The special agent in charge stated that just as working dogs
have been trained to detect a variety of items  explosives,
agricultural products, missing people  we have had success in
teaching them to detect many of the commonly produced counterfeit
U.S. notes.

In fact, dog-and-handler teams provided by the Secret Service have
already proven themselves in helping to locate clandestine printing
operations throughout Colombia. "

To read the entire article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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