Bullets, alcohol, psychoactive drugs and cigarettes seized by Revenue in post as Dublin Parcel Hub peak seizures

Bullets, alcohol, psychoactive drugs and large amounts of tobacco have all been intercepted after being mailed in the past two years.

Seizures were highest in Dublin Parcel Hub where already this year more than 280,000 contraband cigarettes have been intercepted by Revenue.


Parcels x-rayed at mail centers to check for illegal goods hidden insideCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Most of the interception activity for 2021 took place at the Dublin Parcel Center, where 253 munitions were seized


Most of the interception activity for 2021 took place at the Dublin Parcel Center, where 253 munitions were seizedCredit: Alamy

They also reported the seizure of 2,900 pieces of ammunition as well as more than 27,000 pieces of weapons, according to data published under FOI.

In the first eight months of the year, 527 liters of wine were intercepted along with 142 liters of beer and 57 liters of spirits.

Over 200kg of drugs were also discovered with seizures along with another 190,000 individual tablets at the country’s main mail centre.

Around 4,000 items – including counterfeit clothing and electronics – infringing intellectual property rights were also seized.

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Three objects in violation of international treaties on trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora were also intercepted.

There were four seizures of medicines as well as 32 tablets of various psychoactive substances. An additional 450 g of psychoactive substances were also found.

Some 170 kg of contraband bulk tobacco was found hidden in the mail and a further 9 kg of unstamped products.

Revenue also reported a small number of seizures at their Cork mail center this year, with around 900 cigarettes and 66g of drugs found at the end of August.

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Most interception activity for 2021 took place at the Dublin Parcel Center where 253 munitions and 961 different weapons were seized.

More than 1,000 kg of drugs and three drug paraphernalia were also discovered in packages.

Nearly one million contraband single cigarettes were found along with 466 kg of loose tobacco.

Other 2021 seizures in Dublin included 4,316 liters of wine, 257 liters of beer and 314 liters of spirits.

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A representative from the Inland Revenue said: “The Inland Revenue maintains a presence at mail centers across the country to handle customs-related issues arising from the importation of goods and packages through the postal system and to oversee imports from the point of view of import bans on certain illicit products.

“Revenue anti-smuggling teams at major postal depots routinely profile these goods and conduct X-ray examinations, physical examinations and deploy the use of detector dogs based on a risk assessment. , encompassing both the risk of smuggling in respect of prohibited goods and the risk to the Exchequer of the loss of certain duties and taxes.

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