Revenue seizes herbal cannabis worth €1.36 million at Dublin Port

On Tuesday (04/12/2018), during routine operations involving the deployment of Revenue's mobile x-ray scanner and with the assistance of detector dog Meg, Revenue officers in Dublin Port seized 68kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €1.36 million. The drugs were found concealed in a consignment of goods which had arrived into Dublin Port originating in Spain. Investigations are ongoing.

Separately, yesterday morning (06/12/2018), in an intelligence led operation, Revenue officers seized approximately 12,000 unstamped cigarettes with the assistance of Gardaí and Revenue detector dog Bill. The illegal tobacco products, branded ‘Excellence’ and ‘NZ’, were uncovered during a search carried out, under warrant, of two residential properties in the Dundalk area. The retail value of the contraband is over €8,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €6,500. A woman in her twenties and a man in his forties were interviewed and a file is being prepared with a view to prosecution.

These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the importation of illegal drugs and the sale and supply of cigarettes and tobacco products in the shadow economy. If businesses or members of the public have any information about smuggling or the sale of illegal tobacco products, they can contact Revenue on Confidential phone number 1800 295 295.

[ENDS 07/12/2018]