independent

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Cigarettes worth €10,000 found in house search car also seized during customs raid

ILLEGAL cigarettes and tobacco worth €10,000 were seized by Customs Officers during a house search in Gorey last Tuesday.

Officers from the Revenue's Customs Service conducted an intelligence-led operation, and seized over 18,500 cigarettes and 250 grams of tobacco with a combined retail value of €10,000, and a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €7,000.

The officers, acting under a court warrant discovered the 'Samson' tobacco and 'Jin Ling' and 'Gold Mount' cigarettes when they searched the private residence. A motor vehicle was also seized as part of the operation.

An Irish national was questioned and a file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In a separate operation the previous Sunday, and as a result of routine profiling, officers from Revenue's Customs Service at Rosslare Europort seized 1,000 'L&M Blue' cigarettes with a retail value of €475 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €372.

Officers also seized 371 litres of alcohol with a retail value of over €4,000 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €1,900.

The cigarettes and alcohol were discovered when they stopped and searched a Lithuanian registered van that disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg France at Rosslare Europort. Two Lithuanian nationals were questioned and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Revenue said that these seizures are part of its ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy.

A spokesperson said that if businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.

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