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Joint Search Operation and Seizure with Revenue and HPRA, 8th April 2020

On Friday, 8th May 2020, a search operation was conducted in the Swords area as part a joint operation between the Swords District Drugs Unit, Revenue and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA).

The search operation was conducted following a seizure at Dublin Airport on 29th April 2020, when Revenue intercepted falsely-declared packaging. The packaging contained approximately 7,200 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) capsules, which claim to treat symptoms of Covid-19. Approximately 10,000 non-compliant ‘surgical face masks’ were also seized as part of the consignment.

The follow-up search operation was conducted at a house in Swords with assistance from the HPRA. During the course of this search, a further 6,178 capsules were seized with an estimated street value of €10,000.

An Garda Síochána continue to liaise with the HPRA during ongoing investigations in relation to this matter.

Note: Photographs of this seizure are available on our social media channels.