Revenue seizes cannabis worth €20,000 in Waterford City and two puppies in Dublin Port

Yesterday (10/7/2019), as part of an intelligence led operation, Revenue officers seized approximately 1kg of herbal cannabis following a search, under warrant, of a property in Waterford City. The illegal drugs have an estimated street value of €20,000. The joint operation was conducted by Revenue’s Customs Service, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the Waterford City Garda Drugs Unit. A 29-year-old Irish man was arrested by Gardaí and is currently being detained at Waterford City Garda Station under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

Separately, yesterday (10/07/2019), Revenue officers seized two eight-week old chihuahua cross puppies when they stopped and questioned a man who was travelling to the UK. The man did not have pet passports for the dogs, nor were the dogs microchipped as required under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013. The puppies were transferred into the care of the DSPCA where they are now receiving veterinary attention. Revenue collaborates closely with the DSPCA and other bodies to combat illegal puppy trading. Investigations are ongoing following both operations.                                                                 

These operations are part of ongoing operations targeting organised crime groups and illegal puppy trading. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on confidential phone number 1800 295 295. 

[ENDS 11/07/2019]