Revenue officers seized 90 kilograms of cannabis found in packages concealed within a van’s panels.
Marley the drug-detection dog sniffed out a massive haul of cannabis at Ireland’s Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal in Cork this week that is estimated to have a street value of about 1.8 million euros ($2.7 million).
Officers with Revenue’s Custom Service, accompanied by Labrador Retriever K9 Marley, were carrying out routine profiling at the terminal on Mar. 9 when the dog alerted that something was not quite right.
The hunch — or smell — paid off when officers searched a Polish-registered van that had arrived from France, notes a statement from Revenue. They found 37 separate packages of herbal cannabis “deeply concealed within panels of the van,” reports Revenue, which adds drug seizures are part of ongoing operations that target importation of illegal drugs.
The van driver, a Polish national in in his 20s, has been detained under the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 in connection with the find, according to Garda Síochána, the Republic of Ireland’s national police service. The act allows for a suspect to be held for as long as seven days, Garda reports.