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Gone to pot Smuggled tobacco worth €700K and €50k of cannabis seized in Dublin Port and Darndale

The search, which was carried out with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, led to the discovery of the tobacco concealed within the load that was listed as "potatoes".

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The seizure was made following the search of a container which had arrived from Rotterdam. Photo: Revenue.

The seizure was made following the search of a container which had arrived from Rotterdam. Photo: Revenue.

The seizure was made following the search of a container which had arrived from Rotterdam. Photo: Revenue.

Over a tonne of tobacco worth over €700,000 has been seized by Revenue officers at Dublin Port.

The 1,120 kilogramme seizure of the ‘roll your own’ tobacco was made on Wednesday after routine profiling of a container that had arrived into Dublin Port on a vessel from Rotterdam.

The search, which was carried out with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, led to the discovery of the tobacco concealed within the load that was listed as "potatoes."

The smuggled tobacco, branded ‘Flandria’, has an estimated retail value of over €700,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €560,000.

This seizure is part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products.

Separately, Revenue and gardaí seized 2.48kgs of herbal cannabis, with an estimated value of €49,600, following the search of a premises in the Darndale area of Dublin.

The raid was carried out as part of an ongoing probe targeting organised crime suspects.

A 20-year-old man was arrested and is currently detained under Section 2 of The Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking) Act 1996 at Swords Garda Station.

The search was conducted as part of a joint intelligence-led operation by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the Divisional Drug Units attached to Coolock and Ballymun Garda Station, and Revenue Customs Service.

Investigations are ongoing.

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