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Dogs Detect Counterfeit Dollars

Friday, 27 October 2006 12:00 AM

According to a new report released jointly by the U.S. Secret Service, the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board, Colombia was revealed as the primary purveyor of counterfeit dollars entering the United States. In fact, this report estimates that Colombia is responsible for about 15 percent of all circulating fake currency.

As countries throughout South and Central America "dollarize," that is, adopt U.S. dollars as their national currency, Colombia has become the leading country in the production of sham U.S. currency. In fact, since 1998, the Secret Service and Colombian authorities have seized more than $150 million in counterfeit currency and have dismantled operations that could have produced billions of dollars in funny money.

The Secret Service now has a new weapon in its never-ending fight against Colombian-based bogus bill manufacturers: the counterfeit money-detecting canine.

Yes, it's true!

According to a Secret Service press release, these latest doggy additions to the arsenal of tools used in combating international counterfeiting graduated from their special training program.

With funding from the Secret Service, Colombian authorities established a counterfeit detection canine program where teams, each comprising dog and its handler, undergo a 12-week training program. The first graduates of this innovative training program are now being used to discover counterfeit currency.

These remarkable canine teams will be deployed throughout Colombia, where they will assist authorities in the detection and suppression of counterfeit U.S. currency.

The special agent in charge stated that just as working dogs have been trained to detect a variety of items – explosives, agricultural products, missing people – we have had success in teaching them to detect many of the commonly produced counterfeit U.S. notes.

In fact, dog-and-handler teams provided by the Secret Service have already proven themselves in helping to locate clandestine printing operations throughout Colombia.

In 1997, "Mike," the first canine trained in the detection of bogus bills, was put into the field. "Mike" and his Secret Service handler have had great success in detecting counterfeit bucks bound for distribution in the United States. Since that time, the Secret Service has expanded its canine programs and used these "doggy dishonest dollar detectives" in the U.S. and other locations throughout the world.

For more details, log on to www.secretservice.gov.

A trustworthy currency is a vital component in protecting the integrity of our country's financial infrastructure.

It is reported that while Colombia is currently a leading producer of counterfeit U.S. notes, organized criminals based in Eastern Europe are fast jumping onto the lucrative funny-money bandwagon.

In addition, communist North Korea is believed to be a major manufacturer of superior quality counterfeit $100 bills.

We must keep a powerful lid on these worldwide counterfeiting thugs, as bogus bills will be used not only by those in the illegal drug trade and by other common criminals, but also by possible terrorists as a way to help finance their evil efforts.

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Copyright 2006 by Bruce Mandelblit

"Staying Safe" with Bruce Mandelblit is a regular column for the readers of NewsMax.com and NewsMax.com Magazine.

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Bruce is a nationally known security journalist, as well as a recently retired, highly decorated reserve Law Enforcement Officer.

Bruce writes Staying Safe, a weekly syndicated column covering the topics of security, safety and crime prevention. Bruce was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel – the state's highest honor –for his public service.

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