Sniffer dogs in pubs

By TOBY WALKER twalker@dailyexaminer.com.au

PATRONS at Grafton's clubs and pubs were subjected to random searches by police sniffer dogs last Friday night as a statewide police operation cast its watchful eye over the Clarence Valley.

The NSW police dog unit and licensing authorities visited licensed premises in Grafton and Yamba over the weekend as part of the Mega Vikings Operation.

The two-tiered operation will continue today as police around the State target criminal and anti-social behaviour during the Melbourne Cup celebrations.

Yesterday, Coffs-Clarence Local Area Commander Peter Barrie confirmed arrests had been made as a direct result of last Friday's surprise visits.

He said a number of people were cautioned for drug possession after being found with small amounts of cannabis following the sniffer dog patrols.

Despite rumours to the contrary, Commander Barrie said no Clarence Valley venue had been threatened with closure because of licensing offences.



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