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Tuesday 27 September 2016

€250k cocaine in biscuit tins found at airport

Biscuit tins seized by officers at Dublin Airport. Photo: Revenue Customs Ireland/PA
Biscuit tins seized by officers at Dublin Airport. Photo: Revenue Customs Ireland/PA

These biscuit tins were allegedly used to conceal cocaine worth a quarter of a million euro by a passenger coming off a flight at Dublin Airport.

The 39-year-old suspect, from Portugal, was travelling to Ireland from Dubai.

Revenue officers said the woman was found to be carrying 3.8 kilos of the drug stuffed into the three tins when she was stopped and searched.

The woman was arrested at the scene and has been taken into questioning by gardai.

Revenue officials said the woman was stopped, searched and questioned as part of a routine profiling operation at the airport.

The drugs haul was packed into three confectionery tins.

The suspected cocaine has been sent for analysis by forensic experts.

It is believed to have a street value in the region of €250,000.

A Revenue spokeswoman said: "Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution."

A number of significant seizures have been made at Dublin Airport in recent months, with large drug shipments and cash being intercepted by officials on a regular basis.

Security has also been increased at the country's main transport hub in the wake of the Belgian terror attacks.

Armed members of the elite Regional Support Unit have now been tasked with patrolling the airport on a permanent basis.

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