During the last week, officers, assisted by members of An Garda Siochana seized 51,500 ‘MG’ brand cigarettes and 9.5 kgs of ‘Amber Leaf’ tobacco at a roadside stop in Louth.
A further 5000 ‘MG’ cigarettes and 1 kg of counterfeit ‘Amber Leaf’ and ‘Golden Virginia’ tobacco were seized in an operation at Drogheda market, and 7,650 ‘MG’ cigarettes were discovered during a search of a retail outlet and a linked private residence in Dundalk.
The retail value of these seizures is €33,600.
Three Irish nationals have been questioned and investigations are on-going.
These seizures are part of Revenue’s on-going operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy.
If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.