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Stella the sniffer dog

Stella the sniffer dog

Following routine profiling, officers from Revenue's Customs Service  seized 42kgs of herbal cannabis with a street value of €840,000 at Portlaoise Mail Centre.

Following routine profiling, officers from Revenue's Customs Service seized 42kgs of herbal cannabis with a street value of €840,000 at Portlaoise Mail Centre.

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Stella the sniffer dog

A Customs sniffer dog has intercepted a drug shipment worth more than €800,000 in the country's latest drug seizure.

Sniffer dog Stella flagged the illegal package at the An Post mail distribution centre in Portlaoise, Co Laois in what Revenue described as a "routine profile operation".

A total of 42kg of herbal cannabis was intercepted with a street value of approximately €840,000. Stella reacted to a parcel which was described on its manifest as "food and spices".

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The consignment was addressed from a west African nation and was destined for north Dublin.

There have been 58 detections of drugs in the Portlaoise mail centre this year, comprising more than 482kg with a street value of over €4.4m.

Investigations by garda and Customs officials into the haul are continuing.

It isn't the first time Stella has intercepted a large haul, having sniffed out an illegal package just weeks ago.

In what was a startlingly similar coup, Stella flagged a separate package in Portlaoise on December 2. The canine indicated towards a suspicous package that had been described as "food and spices" on the mails manifest.

However, when Custom officials opened the consignment, they discovered herbal cannabis worth an estimated €300,000.

The 15kg package, like the find discovered yesterday, also originated from a West African country and was detected at An Post's mail centre in Portlaoise.

An Post has three other mail centres in Dublin, Athlone and Cork. The Portlaoise centre is also the national parcel hub, and there is a Customs presence, including sniffer dogs, at the hub 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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