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Thursday 22 February 2018

€2.5m haul of tobacco seized

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.

Irish Independent

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