Revenue seize herbal cannabis and tobacco worth €1,242,000 in Dublin and Louth

Yesterday (27/02/2024), as a result of risk profiling and with the assistance of detector dogs James and Milo, Revenue officers examining parcels at a premises in Dublin seized 45 kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated value of €900,000. The illicit drugs were discovered in parcels originating from Spain and were destined for addresses in Kildare and Dublin.

Separately, yesterday (27/02/2024), as a result of risk profiling, Revenue officers seized 11.2 kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated value of €224,000 at Dublin Airport. The cannabis was discovered concealed within vacuum-packed packages within the baggage of a passenger who had disembarked a flight from Spain. A woman in her 40s was arrested by An Garda Síochána and has since been charged and appeared before the courts this morning.

Finally, in another standalone operation yesterday (27/02/24), and as part of an intelligence- led operation with the assistance of detector dog Toby, Revenue officers seized 144 kgs of ‘roll your own’ tobacco following the search of a premises in Co. Louth. The illicit tobacco, branded ‘Amber Leaf’, has an estimated retail value of over €118,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €89,000.

Investigations into all of these seizures are ongoing. These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the importation of illegal drugs and the sale and 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 28/02/2024]