Early yesterday morning (Wednesday) Revenue officers at Ringaskiddy Ferry Port seized €10,000 in cash when, based on routine profiling, they stopped and searched a vehicle that was about to board the ferry to Roscoff.
With the assistance of Revenue detector dog Marley, the cash was found hidden in a holdall in the boot, where there were also two large dogs being transported.
The cash is suspected to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity and is detained by Revenue in accordance with proceeds of crime legislation.
In a separate operation later yesterday evening evening, Cork Revenue officers, again assisted by Marley, carried out a search under warrant of a house in Midleton in east Cork and seized 2,200 unstamped ‘L&M’ cigarettes, with an estimated value of €1,300, and representing a potential loss to the exchequer of €1,000.
During the search, Revenue officers also found a cannabis grow house and seized cannabis with an estimated value of €2,000. Local Gardaí were called to assist. A man and woman, both Polish nationals in their 20’s were interviewed and files are being prepared with a view to prosecution.
These operations are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting smuggling and shadow economy activity. If businesses, or members of the public have any information, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.