Thursday 22 March 2018

Smuggled cigarettes worth €4m seized

Lyndsey Telford

ALMOST €4m worth of cigarettes that were smuggled into Dublin disguised as sports socks have been seized.

Gardai and officers from Revenue's Customs Service discovered the cigarettes in a Co Monaghan premises in an intelligence sweep on Saturday.

The nine million President brand cigarettes, which arrived in Dublin Port in a ship from Malaysia, are worth €3.8m and could have cost the Exchequer €3.2m.

"Revenue would like to remind anyone tempted to buy cheap cigarettes from an irregular source of supply that there is a high possibility they are buying counterfeit goods, which provide an unknown set of health risks as the product is not the subject of quality control," a Revenue spokesman said.

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