Cocaine worth €4.6m is seized at Rosslare Port
A MAJOR investigation has been launched into the discovery of €4.6 million worth of cocaine at Rosslare Euro Port last weekend.
The illegal drugs which were destined for the Irish market were discovered through the use of a mobile x-ray scanner with the assistance of a Revenue sniffer dog Defor.
No-one was questioned and no arrests were made following the seizure but a joint investigation is continuing between An Garda Síochána and Revenue, according to a senior Garda spokesman this week.
‘No arrests have been made during this phase of the investigation and enquiries are ongoing’, said a Revenue spokesperson.
The 66kg consignment of cocaine respresents one of the biggest hauls of illegal drugs in Rosslare Harbour for many years and was uncovered through routine profiling in a joint operation conducted by Revenue’s Customs Service and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, involving local and national Garda and Revenue officers.
The seizure was part of ongoing efforts to target the importation of drugs in inbound freight from Europe. The cocaine which was wrapped in plastic packaging, had been transported on a ferry from France which arrived in the port on Saturday.
It is one of the biggest cocaine consignments uncovered in the history of anti-smuggling activities at the port and the latest in an increasing number of successful seizure operations carried out by Gardai and the Revenue in Rosslare.
Earlier this year, a €2 million of cocaine was discovered in an articulated truck which came through the port. One of the biggest cannabis seizures in Rosslare was in 2004 when 850 kilos with an estimated street value of 5.9 million was uncovered.
Anyone who has information about drug smuggling can contact Revenue in confidence on the confidential phone number 1800 295 205.
The cocaine seized at Rosslare.