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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Four jailed over hauls totalling €2.3m

Published 11/03/2014|05:42

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More than €3.3m of worth of drugs were seized last year at Rosslare including the above stash of cannabis.

MORE THAN €3.3 million worth of illegal drugs were seized at Rosslare Europort in 2013, one of the most successful years for the gardai and Customs officers stationed there.

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Wexford Circuit Court last week dealt with the outcome of more than €2.3 million worth of those seizures, as jail sentences totalling 27 years were handed down to four men who

One of the culprits was from Northern Ireland, one from the Netherlands, and two were from Lithuania.

A Revenue spokesperson said illegal drugs pose a serious threat to the health and welfare of our society and Revenue plays a frontline role in the battle against smuggling in all its forms.

Most of the drugs arrests at the port follow routine profiling followed by the use of the Customs X-Ray scanner, which in the case of a Lithuanian man who has just been jailed for five years, indicated an anomaly during scanning.

As well as hi-tech solutions, there are two Revenue drugs sniffer dogs on duty and the port, Ralph and new recruit Defor.

The dogs recently found €90,000 worth of cannabis concealed in two gas cylinders in a car which had arrived on a ferry from Cherbourg.

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