Everything from drugs to jewellery on radar
Published 14/08/2014 | 11:05
While drugs and cigarettes are the major focus for customs officials, there are other, more unusual items, that draw their attention.
Make-up products are one of the most counterfeited items with thousands of units of fake products having been impounded over the years.
One of the growing concerns for customs officials is the increase in seizures of liquid ecstasy which is particularly dangerous. They are also observing a growth in the seizure of cutting agents such as benzocaine which cut and dilute illicit drugs at each stage within the chain of distribution - ultimately making more money for drug dealers.
While large quantities of counterfeit jewellery have been seized, there have also been incidences of people attempting to smuggle in authentic pieces of designer jewellery without paying VAT and excise duties.
Some of the ingenious ways people have used in their bid to smuggle items through Dublin Airport
Most recently, a man was caught attempting to bring in a Cartier Trinity ring worth approximately €65,000 from Switzerland without paying VAT and duties.
The ring was later released to him once he paid VAT, duties and a penalty totalling €20,000.
Other unusual seizures include jewellery containing ivory, shoes made of crocodile skin, exotic plants or endangered wildlife.