Police dog ‘Hank’ helps East Kimberley detectives in border crackdown on drugs and firearms

Stephanie SinclairThe Kimberley Echo
Senior constable Ben Cartmill and police dog Hank.
Camera IconSenior constable Ben Cartmill and police dog Hank.

Fourteen people have been charged as part of a police crackdown on the transportation of illegal drugs and firearms into the East Kimberley.

Launched in June and led by Kununurra detectives, the operation saw officers enlist Kimberley police canine ‘Hank’ to target vehicles crossing the WA border crossing near Kununurra.

A vessel at the Kalumburu Port and suitcases at East Kimberley Regional and Kalumburu airports were also subject to searches.

More than 300 suitcases were checked, 329 cars stopped and 42 vehicles searched, with six warrants executed and cannabis, LSD and steroids detected.

Police charged 14 people with mostly drug related offences, while no firearms were found.

Police dog Hank conducting a search in Kalumburu.
Camera IconPolice dog Hank conducting a search in Kalumburu. Credit: WA Police/WA Police

Detective Sergeant Paul Brunini said police would continue to monitor inbound routes to the East Kimberley throughout 2021, with police dog Hank to return to the WA/NT border later in the year.

“We’ll continue to target those who attempt to bring prohibited drugs into the East Kimberley, either by air, land and sea; we’ll tackle it any way we can,” he said.

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