Revenue officers have seized almost €20,000 worth of illegal drugs, herbal cannabis and Khat, at Portlaoise Mail Centre.
On Tuesday, March 19 following routine profiling, Revenue officers in Portlaoise Mail Centre seized 0.75kgs of herbal cannabis.
The illegal drugs, with an estimated street value of €15,000, were discovered concealed in a parcel from the USA which was destined for an address in Dublin. The parcel was labelled as an ‘Ornament’.
Separately yesterday, March 21, Revenue officers in Portlaoise Mail Centre seized 8.95kgs of Khat with an estimated street value of €4,475. The Khat was discovered in a parcel labelled as ‘Spices’ that originated in Kenya and was destined for an address in Dublin.
Khat is a stimulant 'upper' with similar effects to amphetamine.
Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.
On Friday, Revenue officers at the Dublin Mail Centre seized 1kg of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €20,000.
The cannabis discovered with the assistance of Revenue detector dog Robbie, concealed a parcel which originated in Canada and was destined for an address in Northern Ireland.
These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting drug importations. 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.