Revenue seize 300,000 cigarettes at Dublin Airport

Revenue seize 300,000 cigarettes at Dublin Airport

Over the course of last week, as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers seized 300,000 cigarettes at Dublin Airport, with an estimated retail value of €210,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €167,000.

The smuggled cigarettes branded ‘B&H’, ‘Kent’ and ‘NZ Gold’ were discovered when Revenue Officers, with the assistance of detector dogs Maggie and Wilson, stopped and searched the checked baggage of a number of passengers who had disembarked flights from Amsterdam and Athens.

Three arrests were made under Section 139 of the Finance Act 2001.

Investigations are ongoing.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting organised crime and the supply of illegal tobacco products. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling they can contact Revenue in confidence on the confidential free phone number 1800 295 295.

[ENDS 21/09/2021]

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