Revenue seizes 30kgs of tobacco in Shannon and Limerick

In a series of related operations this week, Revenue officers seized 30kgs of ‘Amber Leaf’ tobacco in Shannon and Limerick. The unstamped tobacco had a retail value of over €15,400, representing a loss to the Exchequer of €12,900.

On Monday (10/06/19), following routine operations Revenue officers seized 12kgs of tobacco.

In a related intelligence led operation yesterday (13/06/19), Revenue officers seized 18kgs of tobacco, following a search under warrant of a retail premises and an adjoining private residence in Limerick City. An Irish woman in her 30’s was interviewed at the scene.

The seized tobacco was found in packages which had arrived from the Netherlands and were destined for addresses in Limerick.

Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

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