By Dan Walsh
Revenue Officers were granted two three-month cash detention orders by Judge Power at Wexford District Court yesterday (Tuesday), following two cash seizures totalling €9,000.
The cash was discovered as a result of routine profiling and with the assistance of detector dog Jasper, when Revenue officers searched an Irish registered van that was booked to board a ferry to Bilbao, Spain.
It is suspected to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity and is detained by Revenue in accordance with proceeds of crime legislation.
Two Irish nationals in their 20’s and 50’s were questioned.
As a result of routine operations on last Thursday and Friday, Revenue officers seized over 42,000 litres of beer at Rosslare Europort with an estimated retail value of more than €172,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €80,600.
The smuggled alcohol was discovered in two separate trailers, one accompanied and one unaccompanied, that had arrived on Ferries from Dunkirk, France.
A man in his 40s was questioned.
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.