Cigarette smugglers intercepted
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.