Detector Dog Eva has sniffed out a huge haul of 14,600 cigarettes at Cork Airport as a result of routine profiling.
Revenue officers at Cork Airport seized 14,600 cigarettes of various brands including ‘Marlboro Gold’, ‘Lucky Strike’, ‘Camel Blue’ and ‘Winston Xspression’.
The unstamped cigarettes were discovered following a positive indication by detector dog Eva and a subsequent search by Revenue Officers of the checked luggage of a male passenger arriving on a flight from Kiev, Ukraine via Amsterdam.
Investigations are ongoing in relation to this seizure along with two other major finds at Dublin Mail Centre and Portlaoise Mail Centre today.
In Dublin, detector dog Bailey seized almost 1.2kg of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €23,580.
The illegal drugs were discovered in six separate parcels which originated in the United States, the UK and Spain.
The concealed drugs were declared as ‘Dog Toys’, ‘Disney Frozen Figure’, ‘Children’s Toys’ and ‘Dried Honeycomb’ and were destined for addresses in Dublin, Sligo and North Kildare.
At Portlaoise Mail Centre, approximately 1kg of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €10,000.
The illegal drugs were discovered in two parcels which originated in the United States. The concealed drugs were declared as ‘Toys’ and were destined for addresses in Dublin.
These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing work targeting smuggling and shadow economy activity.
If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free-phone number 1800 295 295.