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Customs staff seize €1.5m of cigarettes

CUSTOMS officers have seized three million cigarettes worth €1.5m.

The cigarettes – recovered in two separate investigations this week involving both Revenue and the gardai – represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €1m.

Officers from Revenue's Customs Service seized two million Benson and Hedges cigarettes at a commercial premises in Athenry, Co Galway, on Wednesday as a result of an intelligence-led operation.

 

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The cigarettes, which originated in Belgium and came in through Dublin Port, had a retail value of €950,000 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €729,000.

In a separate joint operation last Saturday, 1.2 million cigarettes with a retail value of €550,000, over 400kgs of tobacco with a retail value of €180,000 and a small quantity of counterfeit vodka, were seized at a private premises in Faughart, Dundalk. No arrests were made.

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