Over €300,000 Illegally Imported Cigarettes Seized

More than €300,000 of illegally imported cigarettes have been seized by Customs officers at Dublin Airport.

It is estimated 700,000 cigarettes have been seized by Revenue's Customs Service officers in three separate incidents this week.

A Romanian national, who was arrested, has since been released.

A file is being prepared by the DPP.


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