Revenue Operations In Dublin See Cash & Cigarettes Seized

Multiple revenue operations last week have seen officers remove counterfeit cigarettes and over €18,000 in cash from the public realm.

The seizures were carried out in Dublin City and Dublin Airport and saw one person charged.

In the first incident on Tuesday 16 July, €13,000 in cash was discovered when officers stopped and searched a man in his forties following routine profiling. The Libyan national was attempting to travel to Milan, Italy with the cash made up of euros, US dollars and British pound sterling in his hand luggage.

After obtaining a three month cash detention order at Dublin District Court, officers at Dublin Airport seized the cash, suspecting it to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in criminal activity.

Later on Thursday 18, as part of an intelligence led operation, officers seized over 2,500 unstamped cigarettes and approximately €5,000 in cash following a search, under warrant, of a residential property in Dublin's north inner city. The detection was made with the assistance of Revenue detector dog Kelly. The unstamped cigarettes were branded 'Excellence' with a retail value of over €1,300, representing a potential loss to the exchequer of approximately €1,200.

On Friday 19 at Dublin District Court, Revenue officers were granted a three month cash detention order to allow for further investigations to be carried out. A 61-year-old woman was then arrested at the scene by Gardaí and was brought to Store Street Garda Station where she was charged, bailed and will appear before Dublin District Court at a later date under Section 78 of the Finance Act 2005.

Investigations are ongoing in both operations.

These operations are part of Revenue's ongoing work targeting smuggling, the sale of illicit cigarettes and shadow economy activity. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling or the sale of illicit products, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.


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