Revenue seizes cash in Rosslare and contraband tobacco in Co. Louth

Yesterday (09/07/2018) in Rosslare Europort, as a result of routine profiling, Revenue Officers seized €4,500 and Stg £6,170 in cash when they stopped and searched two cars booked to travel on a ferry to Cherbourg, France.

The cash was found hidden in the cars with the assistance of detector dog Flynn. Revenue Officers seized the cash suspecting it to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity.

A man, originally from Romania, but now living in Ireland, was questioned.

Today (10/07/2018) at Wexford District Court, Judge Owens granted a three month cash detention order to allow Revenue to investigate further.

Also yesterday (9/7/2018), Revenue Officers, with the assistance of detector dog Frankie, detected the attempted importation of unstamped tobacco at Dublin Airport Cargo Terminal.

In a follow up operation, Revenue Officers, assisted by detector dog Bill, seized two packages of unstamped tobacco following a search, carried out under warrant, of a private residence in Drogheda, County Louth. Each package contained 7.5Kgs of unstamped ‘Flandria Virginia’ tobacco. The retail value of the tobacco products is approximately €8,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €6,858.

Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products.

If you know someone is evading or involved in smuggling, report it. Contact Revenue’s Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.

Ends: 10/07/2018