Tax officials have captured a number of illegal parcels arriving in Dublin bound for seven counties using two of their detector dogs.
The bust included approximately 12 kg of herbal cannabis, 3 kg of hash cakes, 240 grams of cannabis resin, 6,750 tablets of Zopiclone, over 1,000 tablets of diazepam, 800 tablets of ecstasy as well as small amounts of butane honey oil and “magic mushrooms”.
Specially trained sniffer dogs, Bailey and Sam made the discoveries in 40 packages arriving from the United States, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Arab Emirates, France, India and UK.
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According to tax officials, they were heading to Dublin, Galway, Cork, Meath, Limerick, Carlow and Offaly.
They were reportedly disguised as “toys”, “tea”, “boxing gloves”, “trousers”, “chewing gum” and “organizers”.
These seizures were made as part of ongoing tax operations targeting the importation of illegal drugs.
A statement said: ‘As part of routine operations and with the assistance of detector dogs Bailey and Sam, Revenue Officers examining parcels at premises in Dublin seized illegal drugs with an estimated combined value of 272 000 €.
“The seizures included nearly 12 kg of herbal cannabis, 3 kg of hash cakes, 240 grams of cannabis resin, 6,750 tablets of Zopiclone, over 1,000 tablets of diazepam, 800 tablets of ecstasy as well as small amounts of honey butane oil and “magic mushrooms”.
“The illicit drugs were discovered in over 40 separate packages from multiple locations in North America, Europe and Asia.
“The packages were declared as items such as ‘toys’, ‘tea’, ‘boxing gloves’, ‘trousers’, ‘chewing gum’ and ‘organizers’ and were destined for addresses across the country.”
Investigations are ongoing and officers have requested that if any businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling, they contact the Inland Revenue confidentially on unlisted telephone number 1800 295 295.
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