Today at Gorey District Court, Revenue officers were granted a three-month cash detention order by Judge John Cheatle. This followed the seizure of €9,250 on Tuesday at Rosslare Europort.
The cash was discovered because of routine profiling by Revenue officers, and with the assistance of detector dog Bailey, when an Irish-registered van was stopped and searched prior to a planned departure to Bilbao, Spain. A Polish man in his 40s has been questioned in relation to this seizure.
Separately, last Thursday, Revenue officers seized approximately 21,230 litres of beer at Rosslare Europort, as a result of routine profiling.
The smuggled beer of multiple brands has an estimated retail value of almost €85,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of nearly €40,000. An additional quantity of a branded energy drink (more than 1,500 litres) was also found.
The beverages were discovered in an accompanied trailer that had arrived from Dunkirk, France and the driver of the load has been questioned. Investigations into both seizures are ongoing.
These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing work targeting smuggling and shadow economy activity. If businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding such activities, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.