De­tec­tor dog Meg sniffs out €1.36m worth of cannabis in port op­er­a­tion

Irish Independent - - News -

A DE­TEC­TOR dog named Meg has helped to sniff out €1.36m worth of herbal cannabis at Dublin Port.

The drugs, weigh­ing 68kg, were found on Tues­day dur­ing rou­tine op­er­a­tions by Revenue’s mo­bile X-ray scan­ner and the spe­cially trained dog.

They were found con­cealed in a con­sign­ment of goods which had ar­rived into Dublin Port orig­i­nat­ing in Spain.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into the dis­cov­ery are on­go­ing.

Sep­a­rately, Revenue of­fi­cers seized al­most 12,000 un­stamped cig­a­rettes with the help of gar­daí and de­tec­tor dog Bill.

The il­le­gal tobacco prod­ucts were un­cov­ered dur­ing a search car­ried out, un­der war­rant, of two res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in the Dun­dalk area.

The re­tail value of the ‘Ex­cel­lence’ and ‘NZ’ branded cig­a­rettes is over €8,000, rep­re­sent­ing a po­ten­tial loss to the Ex­che­quer of €6,500.

A woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s were in­ter­viewed and a file is be­ing pre­pared with a view to pros­e­cu­tion.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s on­go­ing op­er­a­tions tar­get­ing the im­por­ta­tion of il­le­gal drugs and the sale and sup­ply of cig­a­rettes and tobacco prod­ucts in the shadow econ­omy.

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