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Monday 18 June 2018

Black market cigarettes and alcohol seized by officials

Cigarettes and alcohol seized by Revenue officials in New Ross last week
Cigarettes and alcohol seized by Revenue officials in New Ross last week

Thousands of euros in alcohol and unstamped cigarettes were seized by officers in New Ross last week.

Revenue officers seized 7,000 unstamped cigarettes, 1.3kgs of tobacco and 7.6 litres of alcohol when they carried out a search under warrant of a house in New Ross.

The seized tobacco products (cigarettes, branded 'Marlboro Gold', 'NZ Gold', 'NZ' and 'Bravo Skyline'; and tobacco, branded 'Amber Leaf', 'Golden Virginia', and 'L&M Blue Label'), have a potential value of €4,150 and represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €3,540. A woman in her 40s and a man in his 20s were questioned.

Investigations are ongoing with a view to a prosecution.

A Revenue spokesperson said: 'The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty. If you know someone is evading or involved in smuggling, report it. Contact Revenue's Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.'

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