24/06/2014

Customs Seize Europe's Largest Haul Of Cigarettes

Customs officers have made the largest seizure of cigarettes in Europe so far this year.

Cigarettes worth an estimated €14m were seized by customs at Drogheda Port, after gardaí boarded a ship in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Some 32 million cigarettes and 4,000kg of water pipe tobacco were recovered as part of an operation targeting an international crime gang. The gang is said to be led by Irish and UK nationals based in Europe.

It is understood that a number of follow-up searches are currently underway in Ireland and Europe.

(MH/JP)

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