€2 million worth of illegal cigarettes seized at Rosslare port 1 year ago

€2 million worth of illegal cigarettes seized at Rosslare port

3 million cigarettes were seized.

Over €2 million worth of illegal cigarettes have been seized by Revenue officers at Rosslare Europort.

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The cigarettes, branded ‘L&M’, have a retail value of almost €2.1 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €1.6 million, according to Revenue.

Around three million cigarettes were found when the search was carried out of a Polish-registered lorry and trailer, which had arrived on a ferry from Cherbourg in France.

The search, which was carried out with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, led to the discovery of the cigarettes concealed within the load.

A Polish national in his 30s was questioned and investigations are ongoing.

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Revenue said that the seizure is part of an ongoing targeting of the importation of illegal cigarettes.

It said: "If businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295."