Revenue seize almost 48,000 cigarettes in counties Cavan and Dublin

Yesterday evening (14/05/19), in an intelligence led operation, Revenue officers seized 41,200 unstamped cigarettes following the search, under warrant, of a residential property in Co. Cavan. The detection was made with the assistance of Revenue detector dog Bill. The unstamped cigarettes, branded ‘NZ’, ‘West’ and ‘Pall Mall’ had a retail value of €26,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €20,730. Investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

Separately, last Friday (10/05/19), as a result of routine operations, Revenue officers in Dublin Port seized 6,600 cigarettes and 165 litres of alcohol (vodka, beer and wine) following the search of vehicle which arrived from Romania via Holyhead. The seized cigarettes, branded ‘Winston’, ‘Kent’ ‘Marlboro’ and ‘Pall Mall’, along with the alcohol, had a combined retail value of €9,354, and represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of €6,588.

These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal alcohol and 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.

[ENDS 15/05/2019]