Revenue seize contraband at Rosslare Europort and in Louth worth over €617,000

Yesterday (20/03/2023), as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers seized over 28.5kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated value of more than €570,000 at Rosslare Europort. The illicit drugs were discovered with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile X-ray scanner and detector dog Jasper, concealed within a groupage load of an unaccompanied trailer that had arrived from Cherbourg, France on Sunday (19/03/2023). Investigations are ongoing.

Separately, as part of an intelligence-led operation on Saturday (18/03/2023), Revenue officers seized 60,000 cigarettes following the search of a vehicle in Drogheda, Co. Louth. The illicit cigarettes, branded  ‘Minsk’, have an estimated retail value of €47,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €37,000. Two men in their 30s and 40s have been questioned. Investigations are ongoing.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing work targeting smuggling, shadow economy activity and the supply of illegal tobacco products. If businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on 1800 295 295.

[ENDS 20/03/2023]