Ireland’s borders are very much open for trade and tourism. But Ireland’s unique geographical location between Europe and North America also makes it a magnet for gangs of organised smugglers attempting to move drugs, money, guns, cars, tobacco, fuel, and even exotic animals between continents and across the border into the UK.
With millions of people, together with thousands of tonnes of cargo, arriving on its shores from locations all around the world, it’s the role of Ireland’s customs authorities to keep control. Protecting the country’s 3000 km of rugged coastline, as well as helping to police the border with Northern Ireland is a constant struggle, and in this series we’ll see how customs and other forces work together, with the help of ace-sniffer dog Stella, to keep the country safe.
Following the work of Ireland's border force officers as they fight to stop gangs of organised smugglers from bringing drugs, money, guns, cars and even exotic animals into the country…
In Dublin Port a suspect container labelled ''mattress filling'' needs to be searched as Customs Officer Ken White believes it may contain drugs.
In the Port of Cork a sniffer dog gets a whiff of hash in a white van. Meanwhile, in Shannon Airport a couple protest at seeing their excess cigarettes and alcohol being seized.
The officers of the Irish Custom Teams are confronted with tobacco smugglers and Ollie the drug detection dog is on the case in Shannon Airport.