Wednesday 23 January 2019

Marley sniffs out cash and fellow canines in €10k haul

Revenue dog Marley also finds two fellow canines in a car with owners en route to Roscoff

Maria Herlihy

When it comes to sniffing out cash and canines, Revenue officers are spoilt to have the faithful dog Marley by their side.

Early on Wednesday morning, Revenue officers at Ringaskiddy Ferry port seized €10,000 in cash when carrying out routine profiling. They stopped a car and its passengers and searched the car which was about to board the ferry to Roscoff.

With the assistance of Marley, the cash was found hidden in a hold all where, much to Marley's delight, there were also two other large dogs.

The cash is suspected to be the proceeds of, or intended for the use of, criminal activity and is being held by Revenue in accordance with the proceeds of crime legislation.

In a separate operation later yesterday evening, Cork Revenue officers, again assisted by Marley, carried out a search under warrant of a house in Midleton and seized 2,200 unstamped cigarettes, with an estimated value of €1,300, representing a potential loss to the exchequer of €1,000.

During the search, Revenue officers also found a cannabis grow-house and seized cannabis with an estimated value of €2,000.

Local Gardaí were called to assist. A man and woman, both in their 20s, were interviewed and files are being prepared with a view to prosecution.  

These operations are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting smuggling and shadow economy activity.