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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Sniffer dog helps find €97,000 worth of drugs sent in the post

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Callum Lavery

Drugs worth around €97,000 were seized by Revenue at a mail centre thanks to the help of a sniffer dog.

In separate incidents, 4.7kg of cannabis worth €94,000 and 6kg of khat, a stimulant with effects similar to amphetamines, was discovered by officers at the Portlaoise Mail Centre.

The cannabis was found in a parcel originating from Canada that was labelled as "clothing".

The khat, which originated from Kenya and had an estimated street value of €3,000, was also disguised as "clothing".

Both parcels were destined for addresses in Dublin city and seizures were conducted with the help of a Revenue detector dog called Sam.

Investigations are ongoing.

The two seizures are part of Revenue's operations targeting drug importations. Members of the public are asked to contact Revenue in confidence on 1800 295 295 with any information they may have regarding drug smuggling.

Irish Independent

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