Revenue seize cigarettes worth €48,000 at Dublin Airport

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Revenue seize cigarettes worth €48,000 at Dublin Airport

Revenue seize cigarettes worth €48,000 at Dublin Airport

Revenue officers at Dublin Airport seized over 47kg of tobacco following a search of the checked baggage of three Ukrainian men that had disembarked a flight from Athens, Greece, on Wednesday.

Branded Old Holborn, the smuggled tobacco has an estimated retail value of €28,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €23,500.

Investigations are ongoing.

In a separate operation on October 15, as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers at Dublin Airport seized 30,000 cigarettes following a search of the checked baggage of three Slovakian men who had disembarked a flight from Bratislava, Slovakia.

Branded L&M Blue, the smuggled cigarettes had an estimated retail value of €20,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €16,000. The three men later appeared before Cloverhill District Court and were remanded in custody to appear in court again on November 5. 

These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting smuggling and the sale and supply of illegal tobacco products in the shadow economy. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling or the sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they can contact Revenue in confidence on freephone 1800 295 295.