Revenue seize cash and cigarettes at Dublin Airport

Last Saturday (10/04/2021) at Dublin District Court, Revenue officers were granted a three-month cash detention order by Judge Seamus Hughes. This followed the seizure on Friday (09/04/2021) of almost €16,000 at Dublin Airport when, as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers stopped two passengers prior to boarding a flight to Dubai.

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.

Separately, also on Friday (09/04/2021), as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers seized 28,000 cigarettes at Dublin Airport, when they stopped and searched the checked baggage of a man who had disembarked a flight from Frankfurt. The smuggled cigarettes branded ‘NZ Gold’ have an estimated retail value of €19,500 representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €15,500.

Investigations into both seizures 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 12/04/2021]