REVENUE’S CUSTOMS Service claims its officers intercepted a major cigarette smuggling operation at Dublin Airport last night.
Officers searching 23 passengers who arrived on a flight from Chisinau, Moldova via Budapest, Hungary seized 140,800 cigarettes.
The brands involved in the seizure include L&M, Winston, Lucky Strike and Marlboro.
The Revenue says that the cigarettes have a retail value of €59,840, with the potential loss to the Exchequer of €57,728.
The Customs Service is appealing to anyone who may have information regarding the sale or smuggling of illegal cigarettes to contact them on 1800 295 295.