Sniffer dog uncovers €1.7m drugs haul in tiles
Published 21/09/2011 | 05:00
A large haul of smuggled cannabis was detected by a drugs-sniffer dog at Dublin port after it slipped through an X-ray scanner.
The cannabis had been concealed in a consignment of floor tiles, often used by traffickers in an attempt to disguise the drug. The density of the tiles makes the cannabis difficult to detect.
The haul is estimated to have a street value of more than €1.7m.
The find by the Customs dog was made during a joint operation involving the garda national drugs unit and the Customs Service on Monday.
The consignment of 20 pallets of tiles had arrived at Dublin Port from Spain and was being taken towards the south east of the country when it was intercepted by armed gardai on the M9 motorway in Co Kildare.
The truck driver, a Lithuanian in his 30s, was arrested and taken to Store Street garda station for questioning. He was still being held there last night under the drug trafficking legislation.
The truck was taken back to Dublin Port where a earch was carried out, which uncovered the haul of 270 kilos of cannabis resin and seven kilos of cannabis herb.
Elsewhere, two men were arrested following a drug seizure in Co Meath yesterday.
Cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy tablets with an estimated street value of €800,000w ere found during a raid on a house in Rathlodge housing development in Asbourne.
Two men in their 30s were arrested at the scene and detained at Kells Garda Station.