Saturday 18 November 2017

Cigarette smugglers intercepted

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

A LATVIAN gang smuggling cigarettes to the Irish black market was intercepted by Customs officials at Dublin airport yesterday.

The officials seized 112,000 cigarettes as they targeted passengers disembarking from a flight into Dublin from Riga.

The operation is one of a series of strikes carried out by the Customs against Irish and Eastern European gangs illegally bringing in cigarettes and tobacco through the airport.

A Customs spokesman said last night that searches and targeted operations would be stepped up this year.

The haul seized yesterday was valued at €38,080.

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