5 of the Biggest Drug Busts in Ireland’s History 8 years ago

5 of the Biggest Drug Busts in Ireland’s History

The authorities have been very busy.

The new Netflix Original Series Narcos, which is available exclusively on Netflix right now, tells the story of the rise and fall of Colombia drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.


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Escobar made his fortune by smuggling cocaine in the 80s and 90s, so we decided to peer a little closer to home and look back on some of the biggest drug busts here in Ireland.

Here's a rundown on five of the biggest and most notorious busts in recent times.


Location: Mizen Head, Cork
Year: 2008
Drug: Cocaine
Street Value: €400 million

Irish naval officers intercepted the yacht called Dances With Waves in the middle of a gale force 7 storm in what was one of the biggest busts in Irish history.

Mizen Head

Location: Off the Cork coast
Year: 2014
Drug: Cocaine
Street Value: €290 million


A luxury yacht called Makayabella was intercepted after crossing the Atlantic from Caribbean with around a tonne of cocaine on board.

Cork Coast

Location: Dublin Port
Year: 2002
Drug: Cannabis
Street Value: €15 million

Six tonnes of herbal cannabis was found by Customs and Excise officers in a shipping container full of garden furniture.


Dublin Port

Location: Clondalkin, Dublin
Year: 2006
Drug: Heroin
Street Value: €11 million

Gardaí raided an apartment in the west Dublin suburb and uncovered 54kg of Heroin which is the biggest seizure in the history of the state.


Location: Dunlough Bay, Cork
Year: 2007
Drug: Cocaine
Street Value: €440 million


The biggest haul in history was a shambles for the smugglers who overloaded a small boat they were using to bring the drugs ashore.

They also accidentally filled a spare fuel tank with diesel instead of petrol.

The boat wouldn't start after a re-fueling and it capsized into the sea leaving bales of cocaine floating around the bay.

Dunlough Bay

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