Revenue Officers Seize Smuggled Cigarettes In Co Cork

Revenue officers have seized more than 36,500 smuggled cigarettes in a search operation in Mallow, Co Cork, with the assistance of Revenue detector dog Eva.

The search took place after a quantity of the seized cigarettes had initially been identified by Revenue officers in a freight consignment originating in the UK, listed on the manifest as 'advertising stuff'. The seized cigarettes were branded 'Pect Blue' and 'NZ Slims', with a retail value of approximately €21,900, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €17,300.

A Polish man in his 30's was questioned at the scene by Revenue officers and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty. If businesses, or members of the public, have any information about smuggling or the sale of illegal tobacco products, they can contact Revenue on Confidential phone number 1800 295 295.

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