Revenue seize cash and cigarettes at Dublin Airport

Yesterday (04/02/2021), as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers seized 31,600 cigarettes at Dublin Airport, when they stopped and searched the checked baggage of an Irish man who had disembarked a flight from London Heathrow.

The smuggled cigarettes branded ‘Benson & Hedges’ and ‘Rothmans’ have an estimated retail value of €22,000 representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €19,500.

Separately, on Tuesday (02/02/2021) at Dublin District Court, Revenue officers were granted a three month cash detention order by Judge Brian Smyth. This followed the seizure on Monday (01/02/2021) of €22,400 at Dublin Airport, when as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers stopped two passengers that had disembarked a flight from Gdansk, Poland.

The cash is suspected to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity and is detained by Revenue in accordance with proceeds of crime legislation.

A male and female in their sixties, originally from Poland were questioned in relation to the seizure.

Investigations are ongoing.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting organised crime and the supply of illegal tobacco products. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling they can contact Revenue in confidence on the confidential free phone number 1800 295 295.

[ENDS 05/02/2021]