In a joint operation between Revenue and the Gardaí, approximately three tonnes of tobacco was seized in Proleek, Ravensdale, Dundalk on Tuesday morning, 20 May.
The tobacco has an estimated retail value of €1.2m and potential loss to the Exchequer of €1m.
8720 cigarettes of ‘L&M’ and ‘Excellence’ brands along with counterfeit ‘Amber Leaf’ and ‘Flandia’ pouches and Dutch tax stamps were also seized.
The tobacco was seized in a private dwelling which Revenue officials have described as a large scale cottage-type industry for preparing and packaging illegal roll-your-own tobacco.
It is believed that this is the first such operational facility uncovered in the country.
Two non- Irish nationals were questioned and the investigation is ongoing.