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K9 officers Bailey and Sam take a bite out of cannabis smuggling crime

Jan 13, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Irish bust amounts to $472,000 in illegal drugs from various countries, including Canada.

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It was a day like any other for K9 officers Bailey and Sam, who quickly identified something was up with several parcels received in Dublin, all of which ended up containing cannabis products from different countries.

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As part of Revenue’s routine operations targeting illegal drug importation into Ireland, sniffer dogs like Baily and Sam identify if any drugs are contained inside packages that are not always forthcoming about their actual contents.

That’s exactly what the dynamic duo did on Jan. 11 while assisting Revenue officers who were examining parcels at two Dublin premises.

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  2. Revenue officers at Dublin Port seized about 20 kilograms of bud after it caught the attention of their four-legged colleague, Waffle. PHOTO BY REVENUE TWITTER

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  3. The six packages sniffed out at the Dublin Parcel Hub were destined for several different neighbourhoods. PHOTO BY REVENUE, TWITTER

    Bogus goods mailed to Ireland turned out to be $55,800 worth of weed from Canada and the U.S.

As a result of the searches, officers seized illegal drugs worth more than €330,000 ($472,000), notes a Revenue press release. These drugs included 15.5 kilograms of herbal cannabis, 5,528 Zopiclone tablets and small quantities of CMC crystals (a stimulant drug), hash cakes, butane honey oil, cannabis resin, cannabis oil and LSD tablets.

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Bailey and Sam managed to alert handlers to the illegal cargo contained in the parcels originating from the U.S., Canada, Spain, the U.K. and the Netherlands.

The parcels were labelled as a variety of items, although none noting illegal drugs. The supposed contents included tea, Christmas gifts, coffee beans, textiles and foodstuffs.

Revenue reports that the parcels were destined for addresses in the counties of Dublin, Louth, Kildare, Cork, Kerry, Wexford and Tipperary.

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Revenue has regularly noted how sniffer dogs have played an integral role in its efforts to identify illegal drugs being sent to the country.

The Independent reported in late 2020 that Revenue planned to up its pooch power by spending €800,000 ($1.1 million) to train eight new dog detection units over the next year.

All those dogs demand upkeep, but the move to expand the program seems to have proved a worthwhile investment.

According to an article by the Irish Examiner last summer, Revenue spent more than €320,000 ($457,600) in 2020 to keep the K9s fed, watered, groomed and in condition. But the agency reports that was a small cost compared to the €24 million ($34.3 million) worth of tobacco, drugs and cash seized that year.

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