By Dan Walsh
Revenue officers have seized over €70,000 worth of tobacco and €24,000 in cash on three separate occasions at Rosslare Europort and Dublin Port over the last number of days.
Two seizures occurred at Rosslare Europort. The first involved an Irish-registered vehicle which was intending to board a ferry to Bilbao, Spain. Officers stopped and searched the vehicle, discovering €10,500 in cash.
A Spanish national, aged in his 40s, was later questioned in relation to the matter and a three-month cash detention order has since been granted by Gorey District Court as investigations continue.
On Saturday, a second seizure at Rosslare Europort involved €14,469 in cash, which was discovered with the assistance of a mobile x-ray scanner and detector dog, Flynn. The Irish-registered freight vehicle, in which the cash was found, had disembarked from a ferry from Bilbao and a man in his 50s was questioned.
Revenue officers were also involved in a seizure at Dublin Port where 116kg of tobacco was found in three separate consignments which had come from Poland, with an estimated retail value of €72,700 representing a potential loss of €59,900 to the Exchequer.