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Cannabis seizure of €230,000 at Portlaoise Mail Centre

Portlaoise Mail Centre

Revenue officers at Portlaoise Mail Centre have seized cannabis herb today.

Officers, assisted by detector dog Stella, seized a total of 11.5kg of herbal cannabis with a street value of approximately €230,000.

Resulting from routine profiling, Revenue officers and detector dog Stella found 6kgs of herbal cannabis.

These were concealed in a wicker box which originated in Thailand.

A second parcel of plastic bottles from Nigeria was found to contain 4kg of herbal cannabis, while in a third parcel, 1.5kg of the illegal drug was found concealed in toys from Spain.

Investigations are on-going with a view to prosecution.

If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding drug smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.