By Dan Walsh
Revenue Officers seized approximately 29,600 cigarettes concealed within a mattress at Rosslare Europort yesterday (Monday).
The cigarettes seized were of various brands and have a combined retail value of €49,000, representing a loss to the Exchequer of over €38,500.
The illegal cigarettes were discovered when Revenue Officers stopped and searched a Czech registered van that had disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg, France. The search, which was carried out with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, led to the discovery of the cigarettes concealed within a mattress in the load.
A Czech national in his 40s was questioned.
Investigations into both seizures are ongoing.
These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply of illegal tobacco products. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling they can contact Revenue in confidence on the confidential free phone number 1800 295 295.