12,000 cigarettes seized by Revenue

Revenue officers yesterday seized approximately 12,000 cigarettes during a search, under warrant, of a residence in Co. Louth, with the assistance of detector dog Bill.

The cigarettes, branded ‘Minsk’, ‘NZ’ and ‘1,69’, have an estimated retail value of over €7,600, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €6,000.

A Lithuanian woman was questioned and investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.

This seizure was 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 the smuggling they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.