10 million illegal cigarettes seized

By Dan Walsh

Revenue officers at Rosslare Europort seized over 10 million cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €7.9 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of almost €6.2 million, as a result of routine profiling, yesterday (Tuesday).

The illegal cigarettes, branded ‘Richmond King Size’, were discovered with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, when Revenue officers stopped and searched an unaccompanied trailer that had arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge, Belgium.

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.

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