Revenue seize contraband worth €198,000 at Dublin Port and in Limerick

Yesterday (04/04/2023), as a result of routine operations and with the assistance of detector dog Robbie, Revenue officers seized 9.4kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated value of €188,000 at Dublin Port. The illegal drugs were discovered concealed in the cab of a truck that had arrived from the UK. The driver, a man in his 30s, was arrested by An Garda Síochána and taken to a Garda Station in Dublin.

Separately, yesterday (04/04/2023), Revenue officers seized 12,000 unstamped cigarettes following a search, under warrant, of a residential premises in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. This search was conducted with the assistance of detector dog Obi and An Garda Síochána.

The unstamped cigarettes, branded ‘Marlboro Touch XL’ have a combined retail value of €9,480, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €7,400. Two men and a woman – all in their 30s, have been questioned in relation to this seizure. Investigations into both seizures are ongoing.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations 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 phone number 1800 295 295.

[ENDS 05/04/2023]