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Sunday 4 December 2016

Man due in court over €1m cocaine haul at port

Around 15kg of the drug, with an estimated street value in excess of €1m, was found in a truck at Dublin Port on Saturday morning.
Around 15kg of the drug, with an estimated street value in excess of €1m, was found in a truck at Dublin Port on Saturday morning.

A man is due in court this morning after one of the biggest cocaine seizures in the country at Dublin Port over the weekend.

Around 15kg of the drug, with an estimated street value in excess of €1m, was found in a truck at Dublin Port on Saturday morning.

The seizure was the result of an intelligence-led joint operation between Officers of the Revenue Commissioners Customs Service and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau of An Garda Siochana.

Court

In the course of the operation a 36-year-old man was arrested for drug trafficking offences and detained at Store Street Garda Station, under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act.

The man, with an address in Newry, was scheduled to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this morning.

In August, in another joint operation, approximately 11.2kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of €784,000 was seized following the interception of a freight vehicle as it disembarked a ferry at Dublin Port.

The biggest cocaine haul coming in to the country so far this year occurred in March when officers from Revenue's Customs Service seized a consignment of 25kg of cocaine with a street value in excess €1.75m in Cork.

Seizure

That seizure was the result of a routine examination of containers being unloaded from a vessel which arrived in the Port of Cork from Central America.

Earlier this month, approximately 19kg of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €380,000 was seized at Dublin Port in another intelligence-led operation.

The drugs were discovered, with assistance from Revenue's sniffer dog Meg, in a trailer that had disembarked a ferry from Rotterdam.

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