NewsCrime Desk

Revenue seized drugs worth €586,000 EVERY week of 2016

Cannabis valued at €2.8m seized by Revenue in December
Cannabis valued at €2.8m seized by Revenue in December

The Revenue have published their headline figures for 2016 and the numbers regarding drug seizures are staggering

Revenue seized drugs worth over €30.5m in 2016, a whopping increase on last year's figure of €23.09m.

The drug with the highest value seizures were cannabis herb and resin, with 1,222 seizures totalling 941kg and valued at €15.4m.

An astonishing 626kg of cannabis was also seized last year, with a value of €12.41m.

Cocaine and heroin seizures were also up significantly in 2016, with 172kg of the drugs seized in the last 12 months, with a value of €12m.

That is almost double the figures for 2015, which saw 95.4kg seized, valued at €6.69m.

Amphetamines, ecstasy and other drugs made up the bulk of the seizures in 2016 with 4,641 individual seizures netting drugs valued at €3.1m.

Cigarette and tobacco seizures were down in 2016, with Revenue making seizures of 44m cigarettes at a value of €23.4m.

Revenue also seized 67.9m cigarettes, valued at €34.41m, in 2016.

Also of note for 2016 was the huge value (€15.86m) that was seized outside the traditional areas of drugs and cigarettes.

These seizures were in the areas of alcohol, criminal cash, VRT and other vehicle seizures and excise license detections.