Monday 24 April 2017

Gardai and Revenue seize over €37m worth of cannabis as part of 'intelligence-led' operation

The investigation targeted organised crime groups

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Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Gardaí and Revenue have seized cannabis worth €37.5 million at Dublin Port as part of an ongoing investigation into organised crime groups.

The investigation resulted in the identification and interception of a consignment which arrived into Dublin on Friday.

A total of 1873 kgs of herbal cannabis was seized after it was discovered in three large wooden crates.

Joint investigations by Revenue and An Garda Síochána are continuing both domestically and internationally with regard to this significant seizure of controlled drugs destined for the Irish Market.

No arrests have yet been made.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald commended both the Garda and Revenue on the seizure.

"Today's seizure, in particular, demonstrates their determination and resourcefulness in going after the activities of drugs gangs who seek to profit from causing such misery in communities through their deadly trade," she said.

Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs and Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne congratulated both members of An Garda Siochana and Revenue Custom Service on today’s drugs seizure.

"This is further proof of the good work of garda officers and their colleagues in Revenue in the ongoing battle against drugs in our capital city and country.

"It represents one of the biggest seizures of drugs made in the State in years," Deputy Byrne, who represents the Dublin South Central constituency, said.

"Drugs destroy lives. They are a scourge on our communities. Numerous families across the country have been left devastated from the loss of loved ones who have succumbed to the grip of lethal drugs."

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