Tuesday 27 June 2017

Almost €400k worth of smuggled cigarettes found in truck carrying hot tubs

Customs officers made the seizure after inspecting a truck that had arrived in Rosslare port from Cherbourg in France
Customs officers made the seizure after inspecting a truck that had arrived in Rosslare port from Cherbourg in France

Ed Carty

A massive haul of smuggled cigarettes has been discovered hidden in a consignment of hot tubs.

Customs officers made the seizure after inspecting a truck that had arrived in Rosslare port from Cherbourg in France on Saturday night.

The lorry was registered in Lithuania.

The Revenue said the vehicle had been identified as suspicious and the cigarettes, which had a retail value of more than €357,000, were discovered after a scanner was used to examine the load.

The cigarettes were branded Minsk Superslip, Minsk Short and NZ Gold Superslip.

The Revenue said the driver of the truck, aged in his 20s, was questioned and later released as investigations continue.

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