If you were upset to hear the facts behind the fake news story of Peter the sniffer dog, perhaps this might soften the blow of the realisation: customs officials confiscated over €30,000 last night.
A passenger waiting to board a flight from Malta to Istanbul was discovered to have been carrying a total of €30,761 in undeclared cash.
The case has since been handed over to the Police Economic Crimes Unit.
Recent news of a sniffer dog on the customs ground team who ended up leading police to the middleman in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia spread across locals media houses and even hit international press. Animal activists also called for the pledged €1 million reward for information in the case to be donated to local shelters in need of some TLC.
The story was then debunked by sources working closely with the investigation.
While the public was disheartened to hear one of the only positive news stories of last week proved false, this recent victory for Malta’s customs team might just restore the balance.