Revenue seize over 8 million cigarettes worth almost €4 million in Dublin Port 3 months ago

Revenue seize over 8 million cigarettes worth almost €4 million in Dublin Port

The massive haul was seized on Friday, 30 November.

Last Friday, as part of a routine operation, Revenue officers seized over 8 million smuggled cigarettes that had arrived into Dublin Port.

The cigarettes are said to have a retail value of almost €4 million.

The cigarettes were discovered with the assistance of Revenue's mobile x-ray scanner when officers conducted an examination of a freight, which arrived into Dublin from Rotterdam, Holland.

They were branded ‘Mayfair’ and ‘Richmond’, and represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €3.3 million.

The foreign registered truck in which the cigarettes arrived was also seized and the driver, a man in his 20s, was questioned.

Revenue have said that investigations are ongoing.

In a statement posted on their website, they also said that: "Most people pay the right amount of tax and duty. If businesses or members of the public have any information about smuggling or the sale of illegal tobacco products they can contact Revenue on Confidential phone number 1800 295 295."

The news comes on the same day that Gardaí discovered a grow house at a residential premises in Monaghan.