Revenue seizes smuggled cigarettes and chewing tobacco in Limerick

Yesterday (11/09/2018) Revenue officers, with the assistance of Revenue detector dog Eva, seized over 14,780 smuggled cigarettes and 18.74 Kgs of chewing tobacco when they carried out searches, under warrant, of a premises and an apartment in Limerick city.

The search took place after a quantity of the seized cigarettes had initially been identified by Revenue officers in a parcel originating in the UK, labelled as “toys”.

The chewing tobacco along with the seized cigarettes, branded ‘Benson &Hedges’, ‘L &B’, ‘Marlboro’, ‘Kenmore International’ and ‘Richmond Blue’, had a total retail value of almost €10,500, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €7,400.

A male Pakistani national in his 30’s was questioned and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty. If businesses, or members of the public, have any information about smuggling or the sale of illegal tobacco products, they can contact Revenue on Confidential phone number 1800 295 295.

[Ends: 12/09/2018]