By Dan Walsh
Revenue officers at Rosslare Europort seized over 1,100kgs of ‘roll your own’ tobacco, because of routine profiling, yesterday (Thursday).
The tobacco branded ‘West Red’ and ‘John Player Special Black’ has a retail value of approximately €692,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of around €570,000.
The tobacco was discovered when officers, with the assistance of detector dog Gus and Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, searched a polish registered articulated lorry and its accompanying trailer that had disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg, France.
A polish national in his 40’s was questioned.
Investigations are ongoing.
This seizure is part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.