Monday 21 October 2019

Over €28k worth of illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized by Revenue

The cigarettes and tobacco that were seized by Revenue
Photo: Revenue
The cigarettes and tobacco that were seized by Revenue Photo: Revenue
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

REVENUE officers have seized more than 31,000 illegal cigarettes and 18.75 kilogrammes of tobacco.

The seizure happened during the search of a property in Birr, Co Offaly on Wednesday.

Officers found 31,480 unstamped cigarettes - branded ‘NZ’, ‘Email’ and ‘Excellence’ - and 18.75 kilogrammes of tobacco - branded ‘Amber Leaf’.

The goods have a combined retail value of €28,028 and represent a potential loss of €24,530 to the Exchequer.

A revenue spokesperson said in a statement: "A number of persons were interviewed in relation to the matter and investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution."

Anyone who has any information regarding smuggling is urged to contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.

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