Gardaí have apprehended two individuals following the confiscation of approximately €11.4 million worth of cocaine by Revenue Customs Officers at Rosslare Europort in County Wexford. The seizure occurred on July 13th when Revenue Customs Officers searched a horsebox that had arrived from Cherbourg, France. Inside the animal trailer, over 160kg of cocaine was discovered with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner and detector dog, Dáithí.
At around 1:30pm, Revenue Customs Officers conducted a search of the horsebox and found an estimated 163kg of suspected cocaine. Wexford Gardaí were called to the scene and subsequently arrested two men, one in his 20s and the other in his 30s, in connection with the seizure. Both individuals are currently being held under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996, at a Garda Station in the Wexford District.
The drugs will be sent to Forensic Science Ireland for further analysis, while investigations into the matter are ongoing. Revenue Customs stated that this seizure forms part of their continuous efforts to combat smuggling and shadow economy activity. They also urged businesses and the public to come forward with any information by contacting Revenue confidentially on the phone number 1800 295 295.
In other news, here’s a roundup of today’s headlines in 90 seconds:
– The Irish government has announced plans to invest €6 billion in the country’s public transport system over the next decade. The funding will be used to improve infrastructure, increase capacity, and enhance sustainability.
– The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has reported that the number of people in employment in Ireland has reached a record high of 2.4 million. The unemployment rate stands at just 4.5%, the lowest it has been in over a decade.
– The Irish rugby team is set to face off against South Africa in the opening match of the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour. The highly anticipated game will take place at Cape Town Stadium on July 24th.
That’s all for today’s news in 90 seconds. Stay tuned for more updates and developments.