A 40 year old Dundalk business man was one of a number of men to be arrested in relation to cigarette smuggling stingthat was triggered after a Al Queda missile hit a cargo ship.
The Irish Independent have reported that a e4 million seizure of cigarettes bound for Dundalk criminals was only stopped on the M1 after a bizarre and highly unlikely set of circumstances. A cargo ship, the Costa Asia, was transporting the fake smokes when it was hit by a missile, apparently from global terrorist organisation afilliated to Al Queda.
Upon inspection of a damaged container, crew found the consignment of unmarked cigarettes.
The crew reported the incident to Interpol, who placed a tracking device in the container. The container was then stopped in transit on its way to Dundalk.
Four men have been arrested and a haul of nine million Modeng cigarettes was seized. A number of follow-up searches were carried out in businesses and homes.
One of the men, who has since been released, was described as a 40-year-old man with connections to Dundalk business.
Dramatic footage of the attack on the Costa Asia, which could well have been the attack that hit the cigarettes, can be viewed on Youtube.