Meet Robbie the wonder dog with the nose to sniff out €10m drugs haul

Robbie, the five-year-old Springer Spaniel was the hero for customs officers targeting transnational organised crime groups when he sniffed out an €9.8 million worth of drugs at Dublin Port earlier today.

As part of an investigation targeting transnational organised crime groups, a joint operation was carried out by personnel attached to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Revenue Customs Service yesterday, Wednesday, 25th November 2021.

During the course of this operation, cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine with an estimated value of €9,790,000 was seized by Customs Officers at Dublin Port.

The drugs were discovered, concealed within a furniture consignment which had arrived from the Netherlands. The search was carried out with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner and detector dog, Robbie.

This latest massive haul was the second scoop for Robbie inside a week. On Friday (19th November 2021), also at Dublin Port, Revenue officers seized 10 kgs of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €200,000. The illegal drugs were discovered by Robbie, concealed in a consignment originating from Spain that was manifested as ‘stationery products’.

Investigations are continuing by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and collaboration with international law enforcement partners is ongoing.

Follow-up search operations in Dublin have also taken place and have resulted in the seizure of approximately 960kgs of tobacco, with a value in excess of €600,000.