Drugs worth €450,000 seized in Athlone and Dublin

Drugs worth an estimated €80,000 were seized by Revenue officers in Athlone on Monday. As part of a routine operation, Revenue officers examining parcels at a premises in Athlone seized almost 4kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated value of €80,000.

The illegal drugs originated in Spain and were destined for addresses in Dublin.

On the same day, officers examining two parcels at premises in Dublin seized drugs worth over €370,000, including almost 18kgs of herbal cannabis.

Small quantities of butane honey oil, cannabis resin, MDMA, ecstasy tablets, cocaine and synthetic cannabinoids were also seized.

The illegal drugs were discovered, with the assistance of detector dogs, concealed in parcels that originated in North America, Europe and the United Kingdom and were labelled as ‘tuxedos’, ‘tea’, ‘board games’, ‘jeans’, ‘car organisers’ and ‘pet blanket’. The parcels were destined for addresses across the country.

Investigations into both seizures are continuing. These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the importation of illegal drugs.

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