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Police question a man in the main street of Mullumbimby this morning. (photo supplied)

Police are this morning conducting sniffer dog operations in Mullumbimby and are expected in Byron Bay this afternoon.

Tweed/Byron duty officer Darren Steel told Echonetdaily that the police were operating under a general warrant.

He said reports that the sniffer dog had been taken into Mullumbimby High School were incorrect, but he did say they had been operating in the area.

The dog squad is expected to move to Byron Bay today, and then to another location although police would not reveal where that would be.

The dog squad was most recently used at the Splendour in the Grass festival at Yelgun near Byron Bay.



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  1. In 2006, the Nine Mile Falls School District in eastern Washington recognized that its blanket use of drug-sniffing dogs may have violated the “privacy clause.” It abandoned its drug dog program in response to a threatened lawsuit by the ACLU of Washington and the Center for Justice. We hope that other school districts in Washington will acknowledge that drug dog searches are a bad policy and do the same.


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