Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service have seized 7.6 million contraband cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €2.9 million.
The “Capital” and “Master” brand cigarettes arrived into Dublin Port from Zeebrugge in Belgium in a shipment described as “furniture” yesterday afternoon. They were discovered by Revenue officials when the consignment was examined, following routine scanning by Revenue’s mobile scanner.
An Irish registered commercial vehicle and a trailer were seized and the driver was interviewed. Investigations are ongoing both nationally and internationally.
This latest seizure is part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the smuggling and sale of illegal cigarettes and brings to 80.8 million, the total amount of contraband cigarettes seized by Revenue to date in 2012.
If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes, they can contact Revenue in confidence on freephone number 1800 295 295.