A MAN has freed a man after he was arrested after an estimated €3.1 million worth of cocaine was seized at the Port of Dublin yesterday.
A vehicle was stopped at the port following an intelligence operation led by Revenue and An Garda Siochana.
When searching a refrigerated unit, Customs dog James found 45kg of cocaine hidden in the unit.
The drugs were seized and a 46-year-old man was arrested at the scene.
But Gardai released him on Sunday without charge and said a case would be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The activity is part of Revenue’s ongoing joint investigations into transnational organized crime and the import, sale and supply of illegal drugs.
A garda spokesman said on Saturday night: “On Saturday, January 29, 2022, as part of an ongoing investigation into people suspected of being involved in Organized Crime Across the country, an operation led by the Joint Intelligence Service was conducted with the participation of personnel from Garda National Drug and Customs Service & Organized Crime.
“The operation resulted in a vehicle being stopped at Dublin Port and during a subsequent search of a refrigeration unit, James the Customs Dog found 45kg of Cocaine concealed within the unit.
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“The drug, worth an estimated 3.1 million euros, was subsequently seized.
A Revenue spokesman said: “Today, in an intelligence-led operation, Revenue officers seized 45 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of €3.1 million at the Port of Dublin.
“Illegal drugs were found, with the assistance of detection dog James, hidden in the refrigeration unit of a stopped and searched vehicle.
“The arrest was made as a result of a coordinated operation conducted by the Revenue Department of Customs and the Garda National Drug & Organized Crime Bureau (GNDOCB).
“This activity is part of Revenue’s ongoing joint investigations into transnational organized crime and the importation, trafficking and supply of illegal drugs. of the public with any information regarding drug trafficking, they may safely contact Revenue on Confidential Phone 1800 295 295.”
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