Sunday 17 November 2019

Man interviewed after 39,000 cigarettes seized from passenger's luggage in Cork Airport


The 39,800 unstamped cigarettes are thought to be worth around €19,500 (Photo: Revenue)
The 39,800 unstamped cigarettes are thought to be worth around €19,500 (Photo: Revenue)
Mícheál Ó Scannáil

Mícheál Ó Scannáil

ALMOST 40,000 cigarettes were seized yesterday in Cork Airport.

The 39,800 unstamped cigarettes were seized after Revenue officers stopped a passenger and searched their luggage.

The two suitcases searched had been checked on a flight from Lagos, Nigeria via Paris.

The 'Benson & Hedges' branded cigarettes are thought to be worth around €19,500, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €16,700.

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The seizure was part of an intelligence led operation by Revenue who said that, "investigations are ongoing".

A man in his 30s, a Nigerian national, was interviewed in relation to the seizure.

A spokesperson for Revenue said: "This seizure was part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products.

"If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295."

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