Ireland Is Not a Major Transshipment Point for International Narcotics Traffickers

OSI-00-16R: Published: Jul 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2000.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on whether Ireland is a major transshipment point for international narcotics traffickers.

GAO noted that: (1) no evidence indicated that Ireland is a major transshipment point for international narcotics traffickers; (2) in 1996 and 1998 Irish authorities made three significant multikilogram seizures of cocaine that was destined for ultimate distribution in the United Kingdom and Europe; (3) however, the officials GAO interviewed did not believe that such large cocaine shipments are regularly transshipped through Ireland; and (4) in addition, the officials had no information concerning any reported seizures of heroin or ecstasy in Ireland that was destined for the United States.

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