A man in his 60s was arrested on Sunday after trying to get through Dublin Airport while allegedly concealing drugs.
It is understood that he landed in the capital off a flight from Johannesburg having travelled through South Africa from Dubai.
He was stopped by Revenue officers who searched his luggage and found 27.2kg worth of herbal cannabis.
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The arrested man allegedly concealed the drugs in vacuum packs in his luggage and is now detained at a garda station in North Dublin.
Investigations are ongoing, and officers released a statement that read: "Yesterday (26/03/2023), as a result of routine operations, Revenue seized 27.2kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated value of €544,000 at Dublin Airport.
"The illicit drugs were seized when a passenger was stopped and his luggage searched following his arrival off a flight from Johannesburg, via Dubai. The drugs were discovered concealed within vacuum-packed packages in the passenger’s luggage.
"A man in his 60s was arrested by An Garda Síochána and is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at a Garda station in North County Dublin.
"This seizure is part of Revenue’s ongoing work targeting organised crime groups and the importation, sale, and supply of illegal drugs."
If businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding drug smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on phone number 1800 295 295.
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