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huge haul Over €12m worth of cocaine seized at Ringaskiddy Port in Cork

The drugs arrived into the port on a vessel from Central America.

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More than €12 million worth of suspected cocaine was seized today by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) and Revenue’s Customs Service.

During the search at Ringaskiddy Port in County Cork, approximately 172kg of illegal drugs with an estimated value of €12.4 million was discovered.

The drugs arrived into the port on a vessel from Central America.

This operation was part of Revenue’s ongoing joint investigations targeting organised crime groups and the importation, sale, and supply of illegal drugs.

Speaking today, Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who is head of Organised and Serious Crime within the Garda Síochána, said that the seizure demonstrates the potential of collaborative working relationships between partner agencies in controlling the smuggling of drugs that harm communities.

“The Garda Síochána will continue to work with others at a national and international level in targeting the importation and supply of illicit drugs and the organised crime gangs that benefit from such activity”.

Mick Gilligan, Director of Customs Drug Law Enforcement said that combatting the importation of drugs such as cocaine is a priority for Revenue and An Garda Síochána.

“Today, Revenue’s Customs Service deployed the full suite of our specialist search resources to control this vessel from Central America including our Container X-Ray Scanner, Drug Dog Detection Teams, Container Inspection Teams and Deep Rummage Officers from our Customs National Maritime Service.

“Today’s seizure of Cocaine will have a significant impact on organised crime and demonstrates the hard work that is undertaken every day by Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Síochána in confronting this threat,” he said.

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