Over 40k cigarettes seized in Cavan

Thursday, 16th May, 2019 9:56am

Over 40k cigarettes seized in Cavan

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Revenue Officers seized 41,200 unstamped cigarettes following the search, under warrant, of a residential property in Co. Cavan.

The detection earlier this week, carried out as part of an intelligence led operation, was made with the assistance of Revenue detector dog 'Bill'.

The unstamped cigarettes, branded ‘NZ’, ‘West’ and ‘Pall Mall’ had a retail value of €26,000 representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €20,730.

Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

Separately, last Friday, May 10, as a result of routine operations, Revenue Officers in Dublin Port seized 6,600 cigarettes and 165 litres of alcohol (vodka, beer and wine) following the search of vehicle which arrived from Romania via Holyhead.

The seized cigarettes, branded ‘Winston’, ‘Kent’ ‘Marlboro’ and ‘Pall Mall’, along with the alcohol had a combined retail value of €9,354 and represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of €6,588.

“These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal alcohol and tobacco products in the shadow economy. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on our free phone number 1800 295 295,” a spokesperson for Revenue and Customs said in a statement.

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