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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Smuggling

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# Court
Drug smuggler involved in €400m cocaine haul off Cork coast appeals conviction
Christopher Wiggins maintains the boat ‘Dances with Waves’ was not in Irish territorial waters.
# Border patrol
Gardaí 'hold no intelligence' of Provo involvement in fuel smuggling
Minister Charlie Flanagan says criminals are being pursued.
# no phone zone
Man arrested at Chinese border with 94 iPhones strapped to his body
But his plan was foolproof! Foolproof, we tell you!
Two convicted IRA bombers arrested in Spain for smuggling alcohol and tobacco
Leonard Hardy and his wife Donna Maria Elizabeth Hardy were convicted of a 1989 bombing of a British army barracks in Germany.
# not for children
Revenue stop 130,000 cigarettes marked "school goods" from hitting the market
The cargo has a street value of around €68,300.
# bad buzz
Boat carrying loads and loads* of hash sinks to the bottom of the sea
To be precise – 13.4 tonnes of soggy, soggy hash.
# Stung
600,000 dodgy Marlboro cigarettes found hidden under flip-flops
They were hidden in a crate of “safety footwear.”
# Smuggling
Kildare man's privacy was not violated when he signed for cocaine addressed to fake diplomat
The package was sent to “Tony Tuto, Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Africa”.
# illegal trade
African elephants could quickly "be driven to extinction locally", warns conservation group
CITES says that the number of elephants killed in the past three years is “far exceeding” the number born.
# special delivery
Investigation launched after drone full of drugs touched down at Dublin prison
One of the prisoners is believed to have swallowed some of the packages contained in the helicopter drone.
Opinion: An EU coastguard for the Mediterranean could save lives and national budgets
There is a tragedy unfolding in the Mediterranean – and it’s not just the responsibility of southern European states.
# Tyrannosaurus Wrecked
Man sentenced to jail for smuggling dinosaur fossils
The man was sentenced, despite his work in helping Mongolia open its first dinosaur museum.
# Smuggled
Not 'foil containers' but in fact 1.1 million illegal cigarettes
Revenue intercepted the container at Dublin Port yesterday.
# On the Move
'Peru 2' moved to prison in Peruvian desert, family express worry
Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid were convicted of attempting to smuggle cocaine from Peru to Spain.
# ruff justice
Ollie sniffs out €60k of cocaine at Shannon Airport, two men arrested
The pair had ingested over 100 pellets containing the drug.
# Black Market
Retailers group says Irish coastline is an "open door" for smugglers
Retailers are calling on the government to step up their fight against smugglers.
# Revenue
Man (29) arrested at Dublin Airport over cigarette smuggling
More than 16,000 cigarettes were seized from the man’s luggage after he arrived on a flight from Dubai earlier today.
# Smoking
Gardaí and Revenue given search powers to crack down on cigarette smuggling
Under a provision of the Finance Bill published today, authorities will be allowed to search “any bag or receptacle” that they reasonably believe contains an illegally smuggled tobacco product.
# collared
This cat just got caught smuggling cannabis into a prison
He’s in for it now!
# mccollum connolly
'Peru 2' transferred to prison notorious for overcrowding
Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid have been transferred from a low security facility, and could now be sharing a cell with as many as 38 other inmates.
# Peru
Court presses Peru two for details of gang members
Last week a prosecutor said they would need to give a fuller confession if they expected to have their sentences reduced.
# Michaella McCollum Connolly
Peru pair face sentences of six years and 8 months
Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid entered guilty pleas at a court hearing last night.
# Smuggling
Illegal tobacco seizures and fines drop 84 per cent
15 million cigarettes have been seized in the first half of this year, compared with 95 million last year.
# mccollum connolly
Web effort to help Irish woman arrested in Peru raises just over £700
Set up by her sister, the fund for Michaella McCollum Connolly aims to raise £20,000.
# Immigration
Favourite in Australian election wants to buy Indonesian "smuggler boats"
Tony Abbott wants Australia to pay “wardens” in Indonesian villages as well as bounty payments to curb immigration into Australia.
# Spain
Pics: What police found when they busted alleged human smugglers
IDs, stamps, a gun and passports were among the items found by the alleged gang.
# tea-bacco
PICS: Revenue seizes €100,000 of tobacco purporting to be Chinese tea
The tobacco was discovered when customs officers intercepted a van at a location in Dublin on Wednesday.
# Smuggling
Lorry driver jailed for driving cannabis truck from Greece 'destined for NI'
The 38-year-old lorry driver from Tyrone was sentenced to 14 years in jail today after being caught with a large amount of cannabis in his truck.
# Smuggling
Retailers fuming over illegal cigarette trade
Up to 100 retailers are to meet tomorrow evening on the issues of cigarette smuggling and illegal cigarette selling in Dublin.
# at risk
Demand for exotic pets pushes species to brink
For every endangered animal in a pet shop or home – ten others could have died during capture or transportation.
# Drugs
Man arrested at Dublin Airport after ingesting 77 pellets of cocaine
Revenue said separate discoveries of drugs and cigarettes this week would have been worth about €65,000.
# Drugs
Rise in 'designer drugs' poses serious health risk: UN report
The report from the International Narcotics Control Board said Europe alone almost one new substance is appearing every week.
# Smuggling
Ryanair stewards detained at Liverpool airport over cigarette 'smuggling'
Two airline stewards were off-duty when they were detained by authorities over alleged smuggling of cigarettes from the Canary Islands.
# Smuggling
International 'car smuggling mastermind' arrested
Interpol says coordinated investigation into theft of sports cars worth around €6m involved 14 member states.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the price of cigarettes be increased?
The Health Minister James Reilly wants to increase the price of 20 cigarettes by around €6 in the next six years. What do you think?
# Smuggling
Oil laundering plant, cigarettes and smuggled fuel seized by Customs
Seizures were made in three separate operations today by the Revenue’s Customs Service.
# Smuggling
Man caught smuggling cocaine in wheelchair
US border protection agents noticed something strange about the wheelchair cushion…
# Revenue
Revenue spent €31,000 on interpreters since 2007
Finance Minister says Revenue sometimes requires interpreters when questioning passengers who have insufficient Irish or English.
# Capsules
China to reinvestigate 'human flesh capsule' claims
South Korean officials said yesterday that they intercepted the smuggling of capsules containing the flesh of deceased infants.
# Smuggling
'Powdered human flesh' capsules seized in South Korea
Customs officers intercepted smuggled capsules from China which they say contained human flesh.