Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Narita Dope II

Apparently some people are taking the lost "resin" in a different way than I did below. Folks look at it from the point of view of perhaps being the person with the dope planted in their baggage and then being caught by the police. It might be a bit difficult to explain that you don't know how it got there. This might be an especially difficult argument to make for a non-Japanese who may be assumed to be inclined to use dope anyway. Makes it easier for them to commit other crimes and acts of terrorism.

Even if said non-Japanese were to ultimately convince the courts that it was not his/her dope, the unfortunate person would probably still be held in the clink as by the time the trial was over his visa would be expired and immigrations would lock her up for overstaying. Except for that, a Japanese person would not likely get off a heck of a lot better.

"It's not my dope, customs planted it in my bag." Imagine the response.

When we did it, we never put actually put it in a passengers luggage, but would hide it in an area in the vicinity of the luggage/search. It was used to keep dogs motivated during long searches---sorry, the term was "inspection"---as well as for reinforcement training. A dog cannot work for hours and hours without a reward*. In fact, about 2-3 hours of total search time per day was about average, if concentrated searches were going to be a daily duty (although at times and with some dogs this limit was exceeded). And we never let the drugs out of sight for a second. The risk was too high. Lost dope=big, big trouble with the DEA and others.

I assume that the reports are accurate when the term "resin" is used. Large amounts extracted from leaves can be used to make hashish. We referred to the substance left over on pipes, roach clips etc as resin....How did I get on this subject?

*However, English teachers in Japan can tolerate hour after hour, day-after-day, week-after-week, month-after.... of mind-numbing work without reward. Perhaps a similar system could be devised for detector dogs.

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