Cocaine worth €1.26m seized at Dublin Port as smuggling route is dismantled’

Man and woman arrested over drug-trafficking offences after find by gardaí and Revenue

Gardaí seized €1.26 million in cocaine from a vehicle at Dublin port on Monday as part of an investigation into transnational organised crime.

As part of the investigation, which is being led by both the Revenue customs service and the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, a vehicle was stopped in Dublin Port and was subsequently searched. Some 18kg of cocaine was located within the vehicle and was seized. It had an estimated street value of €1.26 million.

The Garda stolen motor vehicle investigation unit and customs dog James were also involved in the search of the vehicle.

Two people, a man (54) and a woman (43), were arrested in relation to drug-trafficking offences. They are being held under section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking) Act 1996 at Store Street Garda station in Dublin.


Paul Cleary, acting assistant commissioner of organised and serious crime at an Garda Síochána, welcomed the continued cooperation on this investigation between the two bodies.

“The continued collaboration between An Garda Síochána and our colleagues at Revenue Customs Service, has dismantled a significant importation route for cocaine to be smuggled through our ports of entry,” he said. “This joint activity assists in our goal to keep people safe and seize dangerous drugs, preventing them from reaching our communities.”

Revenue assistant secretary Lynda Slattery said the co-operation was “helping to fight the serious problem of illicit drugs being imported into the country, funding organised crime and ruining many lives”.

“Revenue will continue to deploy its enforcement resources to protect our frontiers,” she said.

Shauna Bowers

Shauna Bowers

Shauna Bowers is Health Correspondent of The Irish Times