Co­caine worth €4.6m is seized at Ross­lare Port

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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