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Half a million dollars in drugs seized in Ireland

Jun 23, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Cannabis makes up bulk of confiscated substances

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Ireland’s Revenue officers and the K9 counterparts have been plenty busy in recent days, intercepting three separate shipments of drugs, primarily cannabis.

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As part of routine operations to combat the importation of illegal drugs, officers examining parcels that promised to be “tuxedos,” “tea,” “board games,” “jeans,” “car organizers” and “pet blanket” turned out to be anything but.

  1. Image for representation. The dog handlers grew suspicious that something was amiss when the dogs repeatedly went to a wall of the adjoining unit. /

    Dogs at children’s special needs workshop sniff out $2.2 million cannabis site next door

  2. James poses with his bust. / PHOTO BY REVENUE IE, TWITTER

    Drug-sniffing dog discovers nearly $2 million worth of cannabis and edibles in Dublin port

  3. Revenue officers and K9 Marley were carrying out routine profiling at the terminal on Mar. 9 when the illicit load was discovered. / PHOTO BY REVENUE, TWITTER

    Polish national in his 20s arrested after $2.7 million worth of weed found at Irish ferry terminal

During two interceptions at properties in Dublin, officers seized illegal drugs worth more than $503,200, per a statement from the agency.

The hefty haul included just shy of 18 kilograms of herbal cannabis — the recreational form of which is illegal throughout Ireland — as well as small quantities of butane honey oil, cannabis resin, MDMA, ecstasy tablets, cocaine and synthetic cannabinoids.

Both possession and cultivation of cannabis “is illegal in Ireland and can result in fines and imprisonment. However, Irish law does allow the sale of CBD,” notes information from Cannigma.

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The packages of illegal cargo originated in North America, Europe and the U.K. and were destined for different addresses across Ireland, Revenue reports.

Of course, Revenue officers finding the illegal drugs received a helpful assist from detector dogs Bailey and Sam, a regular and reliable dynamic duo in a number of illegal interceptions over recent years.

In January of 2022, for example, the dogs were alerted to suspicious packages containing illegal drugs, including 15.5 kilograms of cannabis, worth more than $472,000, Revenue reported at the time.

Drugs, including cannabis, were seized by Revenue officers. /
Drugs, including cannabis, were seized by Revenue officers. / Photo by Revenue

In a separate confiscation on June 20, again as part of routine operations, Revenue officers examining parcels at a premise in Athlone discovered almost four kilograms of weed estimated to be worth almost $110,000. The packages from Spain were meant to be sent to addresses in Dublin.

Revenue investigations into both seizures are continuing.

Other seizures by Revenue over the last few weeks include $1.8 million in heroin and cocaine, about $137,000 worth of cannabis and approximately $3.8 million of weed.

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