Revenue seize drugs worth €249,000 at Portlaoise Mail Centre

Today (3/10/2018), as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre seized over 12kg of Mitragynine powder, a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Acts. The illegal drugs were discovered in several separate parcels originating in Indonesia and were destined for addresses in Roscommon and Dublin. The illegal drugs had an estimated value of €240,000.

Separately, Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre also seized 350gms of herbal cannabis worth €7,000 and Khat worth €2,000. The cannabis, which originated in the USA, was bound for an address in Dublin and was concealed in a tin of biscuits. The Khat, which originated in Kenya, was bound for an address in Dublin and was labelled as ‘clothing’. 

Investigations are on-going. 

These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting drug importations. Since the start of 2018, there have been 119 illegal drug detetcions at Portlaoise Mail Centre. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding drug smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295. 

[Ends 03/10/2018]