The seizure was made as a result of a routine profile with around 1.5kg worth of suspected herbal cannabis found
A MAN has been arrested following the seizure of €30,000 worth of cannabis in Portlaoise.
Revenue officers seized approximately 1.5kgs of herbal cannabis as part of a routine profiling yesterday.
The drugs were detected in Portlaoise Mail Centre and were en route for an address in Cork having been shipped from the US.
The contraband was located inside a concealed parcel which had been labelled “clothing” at the Co Laois mail centre.
A 19-year-old Irish male was arrested by gardai in connection with the seizure.
A spokesperson for Revenue said: “Yesterday (30/08/2018), as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers seized approximately 1.5kgs of suspected herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €30,000.
“The illegal drugs were detected in the Portlaoise Mail Centre, concealed in a parcel labelled as ‘clothing’, which originated in the USA and was destined for an address in Cork.
“The seizure was made as a result of a joint operation conducted by Revenue’s Customs Service, Gardaí from the Divisional Drugs Unit in Anglesea Street and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.
“A 19-year-old Irish man was arrested by Gardaí and was detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996. Investigations are ongoing.
“This operation was part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug importations.
“Since the start of 2018, 109 drug detections have been made by Revenue officers in Portlaoise Mail Centre.”
Another drug seizure of similar value took place yesterday in Dublin after a home in the Drimnagh area was raided by cops.
One 17-year-old male was arrested following the raid which is part of an operation into the illegal drug trade in the area.
During the search, gardai discovered a quantity of cocaine, subject to analysis, believed to have a street value of €30,000.
Elsewhere, Irish Defence Forces helped execute the arrest of five men believed to be smuggling a large quantity of cocaine off the UK border.
An Irish Naval vessel and Irish Air Corps Maritime Patrol Aircraft alongside the UK Border Force intercepted the vessel off the southwest coast of Cornwall.
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