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Drug deliveries: Customs officers target An Post depots

Detection efforts have been stepped up in recent years as more people opt to buy gifts online.

Image: Shimelle Laine via Flickr

EXTRA RESOURCES ARE being allocated to the country’s postal depots, airports and ferry ports in the run up to Christmas, as Customs officers search for drugs consignments hidden in festive gift packages.

Detection activity is typically stepped up around this time of year.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, a Customs investigator said the continuing trend reflected the year-on-year increase in people buying online and having gifts delivered by post and via express courier.

“It’s on the increase, so we’d have to allocate additional resources as a result,” investigator Robin Broni said.

As people order things online more and more, it gives us something extra to be concerned about.

Last month, around €400,000 worth of cocaine was found hidden in festive ‘Lindor’ chocolate packaging at Dublin Airport.

And earlier this week, a consignment of liquid cocaine, concealed in a gift package of aromatherapy oils, was traced to a house in Drumcondra.

Broni said officers and sniffer dogs would be on site at postal depots as part of the annual crackdown.

Read: ‘Liquid cocaine’ stash found hidden with aromatherapy oils

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