AG Camacho gains support of the National Association of Attorneys General in petitioning United Airlines to allow transportation of law enforcement drug-sniffing dogs

April 27, 2022- Tamuning, Guam- The president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, has written to United Airlines in support of efforts by Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho and Attorney General Edward E. Manibusan to coordinate the transportation of drug-sniffing dogs to Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

A few years ago, United Airlines suspended transportation of animals; however, the airline has a limited exception for the transportation of pets of military families between Hawai’i and Guam. AG Miller, writing on behalf of NAAG, points out this exemption and asks United to allow the law enforcement drug-detection dogs to travel on the same flights as the military family pets under the same limited transportation exemption.

“As the chief law enforcement officers for our respective states and territories, we attorneys general know first-hand the important role that drug-detection dogs play in disrupting drug trafficking across the country,” wrote Attorney General Miller on behalf of the NAAG Executive Committee.

AG Camacho partnered with the Guam Customs & Quarantine Agency to add drug-detection dogs to its workforce, however, United Airlines has suspended transportation of animals. AG Camacho and AG Manibusan wrote to United asking that the airline extend the exception allowing the transportation of pets of families on military orders to drug-detection dogs and the pets of critical government workers.

“I am proud to have garnered the support of colleagues from around the country to combat the importation of drugs into Guam,” said Attorney General Camacho. “I hope this creates an opportunity for us to collaborate with United on finding solutions that will help improve public safety in Guam and the CNMI and support the critical work of our Customs officers.”

The NAAG Executive Committee is made up of 12 attorneys general from across the country. Last year, AG Camacho became the first attorney general from Guam appointed to serve on the Executive Committee.