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Revenue has seized 5m cigarettes
04 Sep 2015 16:04
Revenue customs officers have seized over 5m cigarettes with an estimated retail value of around €2.5m at the Port of Cork.
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The seizure took place yesterday when the ‘Eton’ brand cigarettes were uncovered in a container that arrived from Malaysia.
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They had been described on the manifest as cardboard boxes.
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An investigation is under way into the seizure.
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Separately, in two other operations revenue customs officers seized a further 22,200 cigarettes and 300 litres of alcohol.
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The alcohol and 4,200 cigarettes (with an estimated retail value of around €5,400) were discovered at Dublin Port today, when officers stopped and searched an Irish registered van that disembarked a ferry from Liverpool.
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The van was driven by an Irish resident Lithuanian national conducting a courier business.
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Meanwhile, in the other seizure yesterday, officers seized 18,000 ‘Winston’ brand cigarettes with an estimated retail value of nearly €9,000 at Dublin Airport.
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The cigarettes were found in the luggage of a 25-year-old Moldovan woman, who arrived on a flight from Moscow.
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