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As a result of routine profiling, officers from Revenue's Customs Service, yesterday (22/12/2014), seized 85kgs of herbal cannabis with a street value of €1.7m at Dublin Port.

As a result of routine profiling, officers from Revenue's Customs Service, yesterday (22/12/2014), seized 85kgs of herbal cannabis with a street value of €1.7m at Dublin Port.

As a result of routine profiling, officers from Revenue's Customs Service, yesterday (22/12/2014), seized 85kgs of herbal cannabis with a street value of €1.7m at Dublin Port.

This is the €1.7m drugs haul seized this week at Dublin Port.

The drugs weigh 85kg and were destined for a premises in Dublin's north inner city.

They were discovered when officers from Revenue's Customs Service scanned a container of animal feed.

Revenue's x-ray scanner revealed 85 small packages of vacuum-packed drugs hidden within large cartons of feed.

There have been no arrests so far in relation to the bust at Dublin Port.

This is the latest major drugs haul involving customs officers and gardai.

Also on Monday, gardai seized a large quantity of cannabis in Co Wicklow following a search of a house at Cherrymount in Avoca.

They discovered 150 cannabis plants, valued at €120,000, along with a large amount of cultivation equipment.

A 30-year-old man was arrested and brought to Pearse Street Garda Station. He was later released without charge. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Enforcement

Meanwhile, gardai provided the Herald yesterday with figures for the total drug seizures they made in the first three quarters of 2014, and there can be no doubt that it has been a bumper year for police drugs enforcement.

In the first three quarters of the year, gardai seized well over €54m worth of drugs.

In the second quarter alone provisional figures show a total haul of €27.6m worth of drugs seized.

With regular raids on growhouses, cannabis herb was the drug that was most often seized with a figure in excess of €23.5m of the drug being found up until the end of September in various garda operations.

Separately, gardai also seized over 13,000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of around €10m.

Cannabis resin seizure figures continue to decrease with just over €3m seized.

kfoy@herald.ie


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