Revenue seize cigarettes and tobacco worth over €16,100 in Counties Mayo and Sligo
On Tuesday (08/03/2022), as part of an intelligence led operation, Revenue officers seized 11,240 unstamped cigarettes and 450g of ‘roll your own’ tobacco, with an estimated retail value of more than €8,700, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €6,800.
The illegal cigarettes, branded ‘Marlboro Reds’ and ‘Richmond’, and tobacco branded ‘Amber Leaf,’ were discovered during a search, under warrant, of a property in the Ballina area of County Mayo. An Irish woman in her 50s was questioned in relation to this seizure.
In a separate operation, also on Tuesday (08/03/2022), Revenue officers seized 10,400 cigarettes following a search, under warrant, of a property in the Enniscrone area of County Sligo.
The unstamped cigarettes branded ‘Marlboro’, have an estimated retail value of more than €7,400, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €6,000. An Irish woman was questioned in relation to this seizure. Investigations are ongoing.
These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products. 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.