09/10/2012

€3.1m Cigarettes Seized At Dublin Port

Customs officers at Dublin Port discovered eight million smuggled cigarettes, stored in boxes labelled “garlic and cheese tear and share”.

The find was made by officers using a mobile scanner during a routine check of a refrigerated unit that had arrived at the port from Rotterdam.

The haul, which included 'Top Mountain', 'Bon International', 'Royal' and 'Jim' brands, has an estimated retail value of €3.1m.

The smuggled cigarettes were found in a shipment that had been described as "chilled foodstuffs".

An Irish-registered commercial vehicle and a refrigerated trailer were seized and the Irish driver, a man in his mid-40s, was interviewed.

The haul brings the total value of contraband cigarettes seized by Revenue so far this year to €89.5m.

(H/GK)


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