Revenue seize alcohol at Rosslare Europort and herbal cannabis at Dublin Port

Over the course of three days from 09 November 2022 to 12 November 2022, as a result of routine operations at Rosslare Europort, Revenue seized over 53,000 litres of beer and more than 930 litres of wine, with a combined retail value of approximately €223,000.

The beer was seized following the search of two trailers, one accompanied and one unaccompanied, that had arrived on a ferry from Dunkirk, France. The smuggled alcohol had a combined estimated retail value of more than €212,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €99,400.

The wine, with an estimated retail value of over €11,300, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €6,000, was discovered following the search of an unaccompanied trailer that had arrived on a ferry from Cherbourg, France.

Separately, on Monday (14 november 2022), as part of routine operations, Revenue Officers, with the assistance of detector dog Alfie, seized 2.7 kilograms of herbal cannabis worth over €54,000 at Dublin Port.

The drugs were discovered when a UK registered car that had arrived from Holyhead was stopped and searched. One kilogram of the herbal cannabis seized was concealed on the person of one of the passengers.

Two men in their 20s were arrested by An Garda Síochána and detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at Store Street Garda Station.

Investigations are ongoing in relation to these seizures.

These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy, smuggling and the importation of illegal drugs. If businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding these activities, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.

[ENDS 15/11/2022]