Detector dogs sniff out over €300k worth of drugs in tea and coffee boxes

By Amy Donohoe

Detector dogs helped sniff out over €300k worth of drugs in tea and coffee boxes in Dublin.

The drug, worth approximately €330,000, were seized as part of routine operations by Revenue officers at two premises in Dublin, with the help of detector dogs Bailey and Sam.

The haul included 15.5kgs of herbal cannabis and 5,528 Zopiclone tablets as well as small quantities of CMC crystals, hash cakes, butane honey oil, cannabis resin, cannabis oil and LSD tablets.

The parcels were labelled as items such as ‘tea’, ‘Christmas gifts’, ‘coffee beans’, ‘textiles’ and ‘food stuffs’ and were destined for addresses in Dublin, Louth, Kildare, Cork, Kerry, Wexford and Tipperary.

They were concealed in parcels that originated in the US, Canada, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands.

A Revenue spokesperson added: "These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the importation of illegal drugs.

Detector dog Bailey (Revenue)

"Investigations are ongoing.

"If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295."

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