Friday 20 October 2017

€4m haul of black market cigarrettes uncovered in Dublin

Part of a massive haul of black market cigarettes uncovered worth almost €4m. Photo: PA
Part of a massive haul of black market cigarettes uncovered worth almost €4m. Photo: PA

Nine million black market cigarettes seized in Dublin today were bound for the UK market.

The massive haul of illegal 20 packs marked Benson and Hedges were stuffed into a container on a ship from China.

It is believed they could have been sold for almost €4m.

The cigarette packets carried UK government health warnings.

A Customs spokeswoman said it could not comment at this stage on whether they were bound for the North or Britain.

"For operational reasons we can't comment any further because the investigation is ongoing," she said.

Customs officers using so-called profiling techniques uncovered the huge stash in a cargo container marked disposable cups.

The container was on a ship from China delivering cargo to Ireland that docked in the capital this morning.

The seizure was part of an operation targeting the supply and sale of illegal tobacco.

A Customs spokeswoman said it has a potential retail value of €3.8m.

No one has been arrested.

The huge seizure follows the recovery of about 28 million illegally-imported cigarettes - worth €11.8m - in Dundalk, Co Louth, in February.

Packets of the Regal King Size brand were hidden in the cavity of packs of timber which had been shipped into the country and tracked to a business premises.

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