CUSTOMS have seized herbal cannabis worth more than €8 million – the biggest haul of the drug for several years.
The enormous seizure, totalling 770kg, is almost equal to the total amount of cannabis herb seized in the whole of 2007 (774kg) and compares to 948kg seized in 2008.
Revenue officers said the final street value of the drugs is in the region of €8.4m.
A Revenue spokesman said that the drugs were “elaborately concealed” in a consignment of flowers that had arrived by truck into Dublin Port from Holland, via Holyhead.
A Dutch male, aged in his mid-50s, was arrested.
Gardaí supported Customs in the operation.
They are questioning the truck driver under the Drug Trafficking Act, which allows for a maximum detention period of seven days.
The Revenue spokesman said the cannabis was vacuum packed and concealed underneath the boxes of fresh daisies.
The 40ft container was being delivered to a business address in Dundalk.
When a Customs officer checked the address it turned out to be false, as no such company existed at it.
Revenue said the seizure was the result of “risk profiling”, which among other things takes into account the origin of the goods, the route taken and the carrier.
It is thought that the consignment may have come from Rotterdam, before arriving in Holyhead.
Seizures of herbal cannabis have risen considerably in the past three years.
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