Shannon drug sniffer dog Ollie strikes again

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Ollie the cocker spaniel, who nosed out 3.4kg of cocaine on a plane in Shannon on Easter Sunday
AN international investigation is ongoing after almost quarter of a million euro worth of cocaine was seized on a plane at Shannon Airport on Sunday.

AN international investigation is ongoing after almost quarter of a million euro worth of cocaine was seized on a plane at Shannon Airport on Sunday.

While others were on the hunt for Easter eggs, the Revenue’s detection dog Ollie was busy sniffing out 3.4 kg of the class A drug, which was concealed behind a panel on an aircraft that had arrived in from the USA.

The value of the drugs seized is approximately €240,000 and gardai are now working on the case with Revenue and law enforcement on the other side of the Atlantic.

A spokeswoman for the Revenue said the find was a direct result of “routine profiling”. She was unable to confirm whether the drugs had been found on a passenger flight or on a private aircraft.

Only three scheduled flights were due to land at Shannon on Sunday - Aer Lingus’ flights from New York and Boston and the United service from Newark.

A spokesperson for United said any such investigation was a matter for the relevant authorities while Aer Lingus had not responded to calls at the time of going to press.

It’s not the first time Ollie has foiled drug dealers at Shannon, meanwhile. The springer spaniel sniffed out €300,000 worth of cannabis at the airport in 2013.