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Tuesday 22 August 2017

€4.7m worth of cigs seized at Dublin Port

More than 10 million illegal cigarettes with a retail value of around €4.7m have been seized at Dublin Port.

The massive seizure was made at the weekend after a successful operation targeting the importation of tobacco sold in the black economy.

As a result of routine profiling, officers from Revenue's Customs Service seized over 10.3 million cigarettes in a consignment that had been designated as paper handkerchiefs.

Revenue's mobile scanner revealed the 'Don Corleone' brand cigarettes concealed in a 40-foot container which had arrived into Dublin Port from Belgium.

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Seizures such as these are part of revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy.

The cigarettes seized at the weekend represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €3.9m assuming that they would have displaced the equivalent full tax paid quantity of legitimate cigarettes.

Only last week Revenue customs officers at Dublin Port seized 14.5 tonnes of tobacco with an estimated value of more than €86,000.

However, the tobacco was only partially processed and, if finished and packaged for sale, would have been worth €7.1m.

The seizure was discovered by sniffer dog Casey in a container that had arrived from the port of Rotterdam.

Previously, in January, Revenue seized 7,680,000 cigarettes in Dublin Port with a retail value of over €3.5m.

The 'Manchester' brand cigarettes were discovered when officers conducted an examination of a 45-foot container, which had arrived in Dublin from Belgium.

The cigarettes were concealed beneath a layer of black plastic and were described on the manifest as "breakfast cereals".

Also in January in two separate operations at Dublin Airport 33,000 'Winston' brand cigarettes were seized. These had a total retail value of approximately €16,600.

Officers discovered the cigarettes in the luggage of two male Moldovan nationals who arrived separately on flights to Dublin from Moldova via Istanbul.

More than 300 pouches of tobacco sent through the post have also been seized recently.

cfeehan@herald.ie

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