ATC introduces new fake pot sniffing dog

Source: Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control
Source: Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) has a new weapon in its fight against the illegal selling and misuse of synthetic marijuana.

Commissioner Troy Hebert announced it now has a police dog trained to detect odors associated with the drug.

The canine is a 2-year-old male German shepherd from Holland.

Officials have not yet named it and invite school age children to help with that.

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Officials advised the best names only have one or two syllables, like Duke or Hunter.

The deadline to submit a name is Friday, Oct. 26.

The dog will undergo training in the Acadiana area.

"The canine will enhance our success in cracking down on stores that insist on selling synthetic marijuana to our children," said Hebert.

Hebert added synthetic marijuana has been linked to suicide, death and criminal behavior.

Outlets could lose their permits to sell alcohol and tobacco if they are found to be selling synthetic marijuana. There could also be criminal charges.

Hebert also noted the money for the new dog was from fines and penalties, not taxpayer dollars.

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