Australian Federal Police drug detection dog ‘Louie’ retires

After years of detecting millions of dollars worth of drugs at Brisbane Airport, Australian Federal Police dog ‘Louie’ has retired.

The four legged hero was today awarded for his hard work with a Certificate of Commendation for service by Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan.

The black lab, who served eight years at Brisbane Airport and assisted in searches in Tasmania, Victoria, Canberra and New South Wales, was the first of the AFP’s drug detection dogs to receive the prestigious award.


Louie first started as an 18-month-old recruit as part of the first ever Cash and Drug Detection classes in 2009.

He was one of the AFP’s most successful canines, having prevented nearly $20 million dollars’ worth of drugs from hitting our streets and seizing almost $2.5 million in cash.

Minister Keenan said the support that Louie and other canine members provide to the AFP is integral to the multi-faceted approach undertaken by our law enforcement agencies to protect our borders.

The canines detect currency, illicit drugs, firearms and explosives as well as patrol terminals, aid in the screening of passenger luggage, and search aircraft, vehicles and freight for contraband.