By Dan Walsh
Revenue officers seized approximately 11,660 ‘L&M’ brand cigarettes, 20 litres of spirits and almost 224 litres of beer at Rosslare Europort last week. The seized goods have a combined retail value of over €10,200, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €7,700.
The smuggled cigarettes and alcohol were discovered with the assistance of detector dog Gus and Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, when Revenue officers stopped and searched an Irish registered vehicle that had disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg, France.
A Polish national in his 40’s was questioned.
Investigations are ongoing.
These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and smuggling. If businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.