THE use of ‘sniffer’ dogs by Revenue officers to help stem the flow of illegal narcotics into the country has once again paid dividends following a significant seizure of drugs, some of which were bound for Cork.
Detector dogs Sam and Bailey sniffed out drugs worth more than €300,000 during a what was described as a “routine operation” by Revenue officers at two locations in Dublin on Monday.
The haul included 15.kgs of herbal cannabis and 5,528 Zopiclone tablets in addition to what Revenue said were small quantities CMC crystals, hash cakes, butane honey oil, cannabis resin, cannabis oil and LSD tablets.
The drugs were concealed in a number of packages that are understood to come from multiple sources in the US, Canada, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands.
In order to throw Revenue officials off the scent, the parcels carried seemingly innocuous labels saying their contents contained Christmas presents, textiles, coffee beans, and foodstuffs such as tea and were destined for addresses in Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Dublin, Louth Kildare and Wexford.
A Revenue official said that investigations into the seizures, part of ongoing Revenue operation targeting the importation of illegal drugs were “ongoing”.
“This was one of a number of seizures Revenue officers have made over the past year. It can often be the case that people order items online for delivery through the post,” said the spokesperson.
“Seizures such as this send out a clear message to people that Revenue officers, with the help our canine companions, are closely monitoring items that come into the country. We are there and this is what we do every day,” the added.
The spokesperson urged businesses and members of the public who may have information regarding smuggling to contact Revenue in confidence on 1800 295 295.