Unusual drugs among haul worth €240,000 seized in Laois

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Drugs worth €240,000 seized in Laois

Drugs seized at Portlaoise Mail Centre Picture: Revenue

Illegal drugs with an estimated value of €240,000 have been seized at Portlaoise Mail Centre following routine profiling. 

Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre seized over 12kg of Mitragynine powder, a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Acts. 

The illegal drugs were discovered in several separate parcels originating in Indonesia and were destined for addresses in Roscommon and Dublin.

Kratom, has been used in traditional medicine and has opiate used to treat chronic pain and opioid withdrawal symptoms. More recently it has come into recreational use

Separately, Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre also seized 350gms of herbal cannabis worth €7,000 and Khat worth €2,000.

The cannabis, which originated in the USA, was bound for an address in Dublin and was concealed in a tin of biscuits. The Khat, which originated in Kenya, was bound for an address in Dublin and was labelled as ‘clothing’

Khat leaf chewing is said yield euphoric effects. It is popular in African and Arabic countries.

Investigations are on-going.

These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting drug importations.

Since the start of 2018, there have been 119 illegal drug detections at Portlaoise Mail Centre.

If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding drug smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.