€2.5m haul of tobacco seized
Published 04/08/2011 | 05:00
A three-tonne shipment of illegal tobacco hidden in decorative urns has been seized by customs officers at Dublin Port.
The tobacco, worth an estimated €2.5m, would have represented a loss of €1.5m in unpaid excise duty and taxes to the State.
The haul was detected on Tuesday after coming through the port in a shipment from China, a statement from the Revenue Commissioners said last night.
The seizure was the result of a joint operation between the Organised Crime Unit of the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and revenue officers.
No arrests were made.
It is believed the tobacco was destined for a cigarette-making factory.
Tuesday's seizure was the largest this year.
From January to July, some 1.7 tonnes in illegal tobacco and cigarettes have been recovered in 820 seizures.