Large Quantity Of Cigarettes Seized From Vessel Off Coast Of Dublin

Revenue officers have seized a large quantity of cigarettes following a surveillance operation involving the Revenue Customs Cutter Faire off the coast of Dublin.

Officers boarded and searched an Italian registered merchant vessel where they uncovered 118,140 cigarettes.

The cigarettes branded 'L&M' 'Marlboro' and 'Winston' have an estimated retail value of over €70,000 representing a loss to the Exchequer of approximately €56,000.

The vessel was detained as a result of the excise offences and was subsequently released on payment of a penalty of €50,000.

Investigations are ongoing.

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