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Dublin: 5 °C Wednesday 11 December, 2019

Revenue dogs Casey, Meg and Holly sniff out illegal cigarettes and alcohol worth €20,000

Customs agents were helped in their pursuit by detection dogs, Casey, Meg and Holly.

A STING OPERATION over the weekend stopped contraband with a retail value of €20,344 entering the country.

The cargo was found when customs officers stopped and searched two Romanian registered buses and an Irish registered van which had disembarked a ferry at Dublin Port, having come over from Holyhead in Wales.

The seizure contained 19,260 cigarettes, 640 grams of tobacco and 1,047 litres of alcohol. The potential loss to the Exchequer from the goods was valued at €9,255.

In the first six months this year, Dublin Port have seized 1.7 million cigarettes valued at over €786,000 and 243kgs of tobacco valued at €99,000.

Three of the revenue’s detection dogs, Casey, Meg and Holly, were involved in making the bust. Last month saw Ralph, another member of the revenue’s canine support team, uncover €500,000 in heroin, ecstacy and cannabis.

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