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Irish Customs seizes €1.8m drugs

Irish Customs seizes €1.8m drugs

DUBLIN: Customs of Ireland has seized the drugs worth over €1.8 million in separate hauls in Dublin and Clare. Customs officers seized some 120,000 ecstasy tablets with an estimated street value of €1.2 million in Dublin.

A 24-year-old man was arrested and is currently detained at Kilrush Garda station under section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

A Garda spokesman said such operations used advanced analytical and intelligence methods “to disrupt criminals and dismantle their networks”.

Revenue said the seizure was part of an intelligence-led operation involving its Customs Service and the Garda National Drugs Unit.

“The ecstasy tablets which originated from Belgium were impressed with a ’Superman’ logo and have an estimated street value of €1.2 million,” Revenue said in a statement.

It said, however, that no further details could be provided for “operational reasons”.

Separately, gardaí in Clare and Limerick searched a house in Kilkee, Co Clare as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal sale and supply of controlled substances in both counties.

They discovered 34kg of cannabis herb with an estimated value of €680,000, pending analysis.

“Drug seizures play a critical role in targeting the livelihood of criminals and reducing their ability to carry out illegal activities.

“Drug seizures also help protect communities from the devastating impact of drugs and the associated criminality.