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€3.2m worth of cigarettes seized at Rosslare Europort

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The cigarettes branded ‘Marine Blue’ and ‘Marine Green’ have an estimated retail value of €3.2m.

The cigarettes branded ‘Marine Blue’ and ‘Marine Green’ have an estimated retail value of €3.2m.

The cigarettes branded ‘Marine Blue’ and ‘Marine Green’ have an estimated retail value of €3.2m.

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Revenue Officers have seized cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €3.2m at Rosslare Europort. On Saturday last, following routine profiling, officers stopped and searched a Dutch registered truck that had disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg, France. The search, which was carried out with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, led to the discovery of the illegal cigarettes.

Officers seized a total of 4.3 million cigarettes at Rosslare Europort which were branded ‘Marine Blue’ and ‘Marine Green’ and have an estimated retail value of €3.2 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more that €2.5 million.

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A Bulgarian national in his 40’s was questioned and investigations are ongoing.

This seizure is part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.


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