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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Customs seize €5m stash of cigarettes at Dublin Port concealed as 'paper handkerchiefs'

The ‘Don Corleone’ brand cigarettes were concealed in a 40-foot container and were described in the manifest as ‘paper handkerchiefs’. (Photo: Revenue)
The ‘Don Corleone’ brand cigarettes were concealed in a 40-foot container and were described in the manifest as ‘paper handkerchiefs’. (Photo: Revenue)
The ‘Don Corleone’ brand cigarettes were concealed in a 40-foot container and were described in the manifest as ‘paper handkerchiefs’. (Photo: Revenue)
The ‘Don Corleone’ brand cigarettes were concealed in a 40-foot container and were described in the manifest as ‘paper handkerchiefs’. (Photo: Revenue)

A massive stash of cigarettes with a retail value of €4.7m were discovered concealed in a 40 foot container at Dublin Port over the weekend.

The ‘Don Corleone’ brand cigarettes were concealed in a 40-foot container and were described in the manifest as ‘paper handkerchiefs’.

The stash of over 10.3m cigarettes arrived into Dublin Port from Belgium.

They were detected by customs’ mobile scanner as a result of routine profiling.

Revenue’s Custom Service are reporting the investigation as ongoing.

The seizure was part of the Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes.

If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they are asked to contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.

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