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Couple posing as holidaymakers caught with €1.26m of cocaine in campervan at Dublin Port by customs dog

    • 22:00, 10 Oct 2022
    • Updated: 23:23, 10 Oct 2022

    A COUPLE were posing as holidaymakers when they were caught with €1.26million worth of cocaine at Dublin Port.

    The Irish Sun can reveal the man, 54, and the woman, 43, both from the Munster area, had just arrived in Ireland from a UK ferry when they were stopped by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Revenue Customs Service.

    Customs dog James discovered the massive drugs haul
    Customs dog James discovered the massive drugs haulCredit: gardai
    Assistant Commissioner Paul Cleary from Organised and Serious Crime
    Assistant Commissioner Paul Cleary from Organised and Serious CrimeCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin

    Once stopped, the Customs dog James searched their camper van and found the stash inside a secret compartment.

    Investigators believe the couple were working for The Family.

    The couple are understood to have travelled to Holland before collecting the drugs.

    Gardai also suspect the couple had been involved in previous drug runs for the gang.

    The Garda National Stolen Motor Vehicle Unit was also involved in the probe.

    At present, The Family are one of the biggest suppliers of drugs in Ireland.

    One source told us: “The couple were using the cover of the camper van to bring drugs into the country.

    “They are important cogs in the crime group’s machine and were part of its logistical network.

    “This was just one of many transportation routes used by the gang.”

    The seizure was welcomed by Assistant Commissioner Paul Cleary from Organised and Serious Crime.

    The senior officer said: “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.

    “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: “This ongoing cooperation is 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.”

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