Revenue seize contraband worth €370,000 at Dublin Port

Revenue seize contraband worth €370,000 at Dublin Port

Yesterday (04/07/2023), as part of an intelligence-led operation and with the assistance of detector dog Alfie, Revenue officers seized approximately 167,000 benzodiazepine tablets with an estimated value of €335,000 at Dublin Port.

The tablets were discovered concealed in the floor cavity of a van that had arrived from the UK. The driver, a man in his 40s, was arrested by An Garda Síochána and taken to a Garda station in Dublin.

Investigations are ongoing.

Separately today, (05/07/2023), at the Criminal Courts of Justice, Revenue officers were granted a three-month cash detention order by Judge Patricia Cronin. This followed the seizure yesterday of €35,000 in cash at Dublin Port. The discovery was made as a result of risk profiling when Revenue officers, assisted by detector dog Gus, conducted a baggage search of a passenger travelling outbound to France.

A male in his 40s was questioned and investigations are ongoing.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and smuggling. If businesses, or members of the public, have any information about smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on phone number 1800 295 295.

{ENDS 05/07/2023}

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