Over £2million worth of counterfeit cigarettes have been seized by Customs Officers in Dublin Port. They were found in two 40 foot containers which had arrived from China. The containers had been declared as carrying audio cassettes. The 14 million cigarettes seized by Customs officials were labelled Benson and Hedges but were in fact made in China. It is the biggest ever seizure of cigarettes in Dublin and brings the total number discovered by Customs this year to 34 million.
A health warning and excise stamp is absent from the boxes, which indicates that the goods were either destined for further distribution into the UK and Europe or for use on the black market here. A number of people are now being questioned in relation to the seizure. In the past the cigarettes would have been disposed of by burning, but now due to environmental concerns they will be shredded.