08 Aug 2022

Another big haul of cannabis herb seized at Portlaoise Mail Centre

Busy summer so far for Revenue Officers at the busy postal hub

Another big consignment of cannabis herb has been seized in Portlaoise in a busy summer of attempted drugh smuggling through the post.

Today (19/7/2018) as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre seized 7.4kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €148,000.

The illegal drugs were discovered concealed in 2 parcels, which arrived from Spain, and were declared as ‘textiles’. 

The parcels, one of 4kgs was destined for an address in Dublin 12 and the second containing 3.4kgs was destined for Dublin 15.  Investigations are on-going with a view to prosecution.

More than €400,000 worth of cannabis has been seized since June as a result of Revenue's operations at the Portlaoise Mail Centre.

In early July, cannabis infused sweets sent from the USA worth €11,000 was seized. On the same day as €12,000 worth of the drug was found in coffee tins sent from Spain.

In June, €124,000 worth of the drug was found in gifts originating in Thailand. In the same month a teenage boy was arrested in Dublin after €23,000 worth of cannabis was found in an industrial vacuum cleaner.

In late May, €120,000 worth of the drug was found in vacuum packed packed packages sent from Spain.

Most of the drugs have been found with the help of specially trained sniffer dogs.

 If you have any information about drug smuggling, contact Revenue’s Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.

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