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In response to what is apparently a critical problem that had until now slipped under the radar in South Florida, the town of Miramar is offering city residents the chance to have used cars inspected to ensure they're not full of dope, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported. Residents must make an appointment with the Miramar Police drug dog, who will provide the sniffing free of charge as a public service, the department announced last week.

The move is the brainchild of City Commissioner Winston Barnes, who said he thought of it after a resident complained that a friend had been stopped and police found drugs left in a car she had just purchased. By using the program, said Barnes, one could avoid the possibility of getting "stopped at 2:00am and the drug dogs get crazy on your car, and you don't know what is happening."

According to Miramar police Captain John Savaiko, if small amounts of contraband are found, the car will be cleaned and the buyer can leave without punishment. Savaiko didn't say what would happen if large amounts of drugs were found. Not that leftover dope had been a big issue, Savaiko added, but the department wanted to be helpful.

Miramar resident Richard Davis pronounced himself bemused by the whole notion. He would never have thought of it, he told the Sun-Sentinel. "It would be the last thing on my mind if I bought a used car," he said.

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