Drug and tobacco smuggling

Customs Drugs Watch

Revenue's job is to prevent drug smuggling and to apprehend those involved in drug smuggling activities. Ireland's coastline provides drug smugglers with many opportunities to ply their trade. We patrol coastal areas, but to cover approximately 3,000 kilometres of coastline, help from coastal communities, maritime personnel and the yachting fraternity is crucial.

Image of Revenue's customs cutter, the R.C.C. Suirbheir

A Customs Drugs Watch guide has been published which gives some ideas as to how you can help. These guides are available online, from your Revenue Customs Office, or from the Office of Customs Drugs Law Enforcement.

Be on the lookout for the following:

  • yachts and other craft sighted in remote areas
  • crew making landings in remote areas
  • unusual objects at sea, underwater or ashore such as buoys or signalling devices
  • merchant shipping at anchor close to land or islands
  • ships away from their normal shipping lanes
  • ships signalling ashore or being met by small craft
  • vessels operating at night without lights.

If you have any information in relation to drug smuggling, please contact:

If, for any reason, you are unable to make any personal contact, please use our  Report Form which can be downloaded, completed and then emailed to antidrugs@revenue.ie or posted to:

Customs Drugs Law Enforcement
Revenue Investigations and Prosecutions Division
Block D
Dublin 15
D15 XKP4.

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