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Thursday 26 April 2018

Woman caught with €210k of drugs stashed in packets

SEIZED: Up to 3kg of cocaine was discovered at airport after woman arrived from Peru
SEIZED: Up to 3kg of cocaine was discovered at airport after woman arrived from Peru

A WOMAN has been arrested after trying to smuggle a large quantity of cocaine into the country in food packets.

The drugs with a street value of €210,000 were found in bags labelled "caldo con carne" or meat broth and passion fruit concentrate.

In a series of pre-Christmas swoops this week, Revenue officials have seized significant amounts of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and cash.

Gardai arrested the Polish woman, in her 20s, at Dublin Airport after she arrived on a flight from Peru via Amsterdam on Thursday. It is understood that she lives in Ireland.

As part of an intelligence-led operation, the woman's bags were searched and 3kg of cocaine was found concealed in bags. Separately, an Irishman alleged to have swallowed 49 bullet-sized pellets filled with cocaine was arrested at the airport after arriving from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The 37-year-old man was targeted as part of routine "visual profiling" by Customs officials.

He was arrested by gardai and charged with drug smuggling after he produced the pellets containing 0.5kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of €35,000.

He was remanded in custody following a brief court appearance at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Monday.

MASSIVE

Custom officers were also involved in the seizure of a massive haul of alcohol at Dublin Port this week.

A number of men were questioned by gardai after a convoy of booze – including 3,500 litres of spirits, 900 litres of beer and a quantity of champagne – was seized from a number of trucks entering the port on Sunday and Monday.

The alcohol had an estimated retail value of €115,100. Revenue officials estimate the alleged contraband would have led to the potential loss of €70,064 to the Exchequer.

And yesterday officers seized approximately 1.1m cigarettes in Dublin Port. The cigarettes have an estimated retail value of approximately €515,000 and potential loss to the Exchequer of €405,000. Customs officials also seized a large quantity of cash in two separate seizures at Dublin Airport.

Two males from Lithuania were remanded in custody after appearing in court on Thursday following the seizure of €8,000 and €9,000 from them as they were about to board a flight to Alicante, Spain on Thursday allegedly without declaring the cash.

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