Detector dogs find €50k drugs in 'teddy bear' and 'lego' parcels
Almost €50,000 worth of drugs have been seized at a Dublin mail centre in parcels marked as 'Facemasks' and 'Teddy Bear'.
The drugs were found yesterday by Revenue officers with the help of detector dogs Bailey and Sam at the Dublin Parcel Hub.
Officials recovered 2kg of herbal cannabis and 10kg of cannabis-infused sweets with an estimated street value of €49,600.
The drugs were discovered in seven separate parcels which originated from Canada, Spain and the USA.
The parcels were declared as items such as 'Lego City', 'Teddy Bear', 'Coffee Beans', 'Toy Car', 'Facemasks' and 'Lego Snow Groomer', a Revenue spokesman said.
They added the parcels were destined for addresses in Dublin, Offaly, Cork, Longford and Galway, and they were seized as part of routine operations.Suspicion
"These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the importation of illegal drugs. 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," a spokesman said.
Investigations into the seizures are ongoing and are the latest to be carried out by Revenue in recent months.
In early June Revenue officers, with the assistance of detector dog Luca, seized 455 grams of cannabis with an estimated value of over €9,000.
The drugs originated in the USA and were destined for an address in Ballyboden, Dublin.
Days later in a separate matter, officials seized €4,870 at Dublin Airport from Irish man (20s) travelling to Amsterdam on suspicion of the cash being the proceeds of crime.