Splendour drug dogs used in school to nab students

DRUG detection dogs brought to Byron Bay over the Splendour in the Grass festival were also used to test local school students for drugs, police have revealed.

Four dogs, one attached to the Tweed and three additional dogs, were "utilised in the vicinity" of three local high schools - Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby and Byron Bay this week, Inspector Greg Jago of the Tweed / Byron Local Area Command said.

A small number of students at Murwillumbah and Mullumbimby High Schools were detected with cannabis by the dogs he said.

Insp. Jago said the high schools' principals were informed of the drug testing, but police did not take the dogs onto school property.

"We have had complaints about drugs entering those schools, so we have been targeting them," Insp Jago said.

While the extra dogs and their handlers have now left the shire, Insp Jago said the positive drug detections could lead to ongoing investigations at the schools.

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