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Sunday 25 September 2016

400,000 cigarettes found hidden in bricks at Dublin Port

Cartons of cigarettes hidden inside pallets of paving bricks
Cartons of cigarettes hidden inside pallets of paving bricks

Almost half a million cigarettes concealed within pallets of paving bricks have been seized by Revenue officers at Dublin Port.

The massive consignment of 400,000 cigarettes was being transported in a 20-foot long container.

It had been brought across to Dublin from Armenia on Monday.

It is understood that the seizure was made after a routine profiling resulted in the container being selected for scanning.

The cigarettes had been concealed within pallets of paving bricks - and had a retail value of €212,698. Their sale would have resulted in a loss to the Exchequer of over €167,876.

"These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy. Investigations are ongoing," said a statement from Revenue.

The cigarettes were branded as "L&M Soft Plus".

Value

Meanwhile, in a busy week for Revenue officers, cocaine with a street value of €750,000 was seized at Dublin Airport.

A 25-year-old Irishman was stopped and searched by officers after arriving from Paris.

Some 11kg of cocaine was found in his luggage - in the back panels of four rucksacks.

The man was arrested on the scene and taken to Ballymun Garda Station.

After appearing in court on Tuesday, the man was charged with the sale, supply and importation of drugs.

He has been remanded in custody for a week.

Investigations are continuing into the discovery of the cigarettes. Revenue officials appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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