Revenue seize cigarettes in Waterford and herbal cannabis in Dublin

Revenue seize cigarettes in Waterford and herbal cannabis in Dublin

Yesterday (19 December 2022), in Waterford city, Revenue officers seized almost 23,000 cigarettes and 0.8 kilograms of ‘roll your own’ tobacco as a result of an intelligence-led operation.

The cigarettes and tobacco, bearing Polish tax stamps, were discovered following the search, under warrant, of a residential premises and have a combined retail value of more than €18,500, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €14,500.

A Polish man in his 40s was questioned.

Separately on Sunday (18 December 2022), as a result of routine operations and with the assistance of detector dog Enzo, Revenue officers seized 6.2 kilograms of herbal cannabis with an estimated value of over €124,000 at Dublin Airport.

The illegal drugs were discovered concealed in parcels described as ‘shoes’, that had arrived in air cargo consignments from the United States and Spain and were destined for addresses in Counties Dublin and Kilkenny.

Investigations into both seizures are ongoing.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and smuggling. If businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on our confidential phone number 1800 295 295.

[ENDS 20/12/2022]

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