THE value of drugs seized by customs officials jumped by more than
500% last year, with ( euro )60.6m worth discovered in 2001.

The bulk of the rise was due to an increase of more than 10,000% in
seizures of herbal cannabis, the lesser used but more potent type of
the drug.

"We've had a highly successful year in the drugs area, but we're not
complacent. This is a very difficult trade to intercept," said Frank
Daly, chairman of the Revenue Commissioners.

Launching Revenue's Annual Report 2001, he said the successes were
mainly due to sophisticated intelligence work on the part of customs
officers, rather than chance or routine checks.

"The key factor in our success is intelligence-gathering and
profiling of individuals and consignments," he said.


Pubdate: Wed, 26 Jun 2002
Source: Irish Examiner (Ireland)
Copyright: Examiner Publications Ltd, 2002
Author: Cormac O'Keeffe