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