Man, 30s, arrested as Revenue seize €1.3MILLION worth of cocaine & heroin at Rosslare Europort
- 16:56, 19 Jun 2022
- Updated: 16:56, 19 Jun 2022
A MAN in his 30s has been arrested after Revenue officers seized €1.3million worth of heroin and cocaine at Rosslare Europort this morning.
The huge haul was discovered during a routine check when officers searched an unaccompanied trailer that had disembarked a ferry from Dunkirk, France.
It was discovered with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner that the drugs were concealed in a hidden compartment of the trailer.
The compartment contained 5kgs of heroin and almost 8kgs of cocaine.
The man is currently being held at Wexford Garda station. Investigations are currently ongoing.
In a statement today, a Revenue spokesperson appealed for any further information and said: “If businesses, or members of the public have any information, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.”
Separately, the Irish Sun today revealed how officers from Revenue’s Maritime Unit played a crucial role in the discovery of €500m worth of cannabis in 2021.
On the first occasion on May 30, 2021, a massive 22 tonnes of cannabis worth €250m were seized from the ‘MV Odyssey’ fishing vessel when it was boarded by Spanish authorities 90 nautical miles off the Canary Islands.
The ship was only targeted after its “suspicious movements” had been tracked by Revenue’s specialist team.
Once identified, the intelligence was then passed to the Customs Liaison Officer based at the Maritime Analysis Operations Centre, which coordinates European anti-drug trafficking operations.
Investigators from MAOC monitored the ship before Spanish authorities swooped to make four arrests.
Just over two months later, the Maritime Unit identified “suspicious activity” associated with the cargo ship ‘Natalia’ as it moved from Turkey towards the Mediterranean.
The intelligence gathered was also passed to MAOC before Spanish officers swooped close to the Canary Islands on August 8, 2021.
During their sea raid, investigators found another €250m worth of cannabis and made four arrests.
In fact, due to the successes of MAOC’s operations last year, drug gangs changed their smuggling routes and are now operating through the Gulf of Guinea.
Michael Gilligan, who is Revenue’s Principal Officer Investigation, Prosecution and Frontier Management Division, outlined the importance of the unit’s role in preventing drugs and other illegal products from reaching our shores and the European Union.