Detector dog Alfie sniffs out smuggled cigarettes at Europort

By David tucker

Published 15/10/2016 | 00:00

The cigarettes (above) were hidden in sacks labelled 'charcoal' (top).
The cigarettes (above) were hidden in sacks labelled 'charcoal' (top).
The cigarettes (above) were hidden in sacks labelled 'charcoal' (top).

Revenue Officers seized 150,000 cigarettes and the van in which they were smuggled when it arrived of a ferry from France at Rosslare Europort last week.

Following routine profiling, the Irish-registered van was stopped and searched with the assistance of detector dog Alfie as it disembarked the ferry. The cigarettes, branded 'Kent', 'Marlboro Red' and 'Marlboro Gold' were found, concealed in bags labelled as 'charcoal'.

The smuggled cigarettes have a retail value of €78,761, representing a potential loss to the exchequer of approximately €62,785.

A Romanian man was questioned and investigations are continuing, with a view to prosecution.

Revenue said the majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty and if you know someone is evading tax or involved in smuggling, report it. Contact Revenue's Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.

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