Revenue seize cannabis infused 'jelly sweets' and herbal cannabis in Portlaoise and contraband cigarettes in North Tipperary.
In three separate operations Revenue officers seized 2kg of cannabis infused 'jelly sweets', 650g of herbal cannabis and 50,000 contraband cigarettes.
Today (09/07/2018), as a result of routine operations, Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre seized 2kg of cannabis infused 'jelly sweets' along with 50 grams of herbal cannabis. The illegal drugs were discovered, with the assistance of Revenue detector dog Stella, in a parcel declared as 'beauty products'. The parcel originated in the USA and was destined for delivery in Dublin City. The Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content within the jellies is currently being forensically analysed. The estimated value of the detection is €11,000.
Also today (09/07/2018), as a result of routine operations, Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre seized 600 grams of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of approximately €12,000. The illegal drugs, discovered with the assistance of Revenue detector dog Stella, originated in Spain and were concealed in tins declared as 'coffee products'.
Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.
On Friday (06/07/2018), Revenue officers seized 50,000 unstamped cigarettes while carrying out a Multi Agency checkpoint with An Garda Síochána in North Tipperary. The seized contraband cigarettes have an estimated street value of €30,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of almost €24,000. The brands seized included 'EM@IL' and 'Richman'.
A man in his 40’s was questioned and a file is being prepared for DPP.
These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal drugs and tobacco products in the shadow economy. If you know someone is evading or involved in smuggling, report it. Contact Revenue’s Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.