Further major successes for Revenue against smugglers

Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner and detector dog Waffle, led to the discovery of cigarettes

Two separate seizures on 15 July each saved the Exchequer millions of euro

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Following major successes in recent weeks, Revenue seized further tobacco and cigarettes worth €7.3 million at Dublin Port on 15 July.

As a result of routine profiling and with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, Revenue officers seized over 5.8 tonnes of ‘roll your own’ tobacco and 5.3 million cigarettes at Dublin Port.

The consignment, which originated in Bulgaria, had an estimated retail value of €7.3 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €5.8 million.

Investigations are ongoing into the incident which followed the seizure of 10.5 million cigarettes in Dublin Port on the same day (15 July), as part of a separate operation.

That particular haul also occurred as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers at Dublin Port seized 10.5 million cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €7,350,000 representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €5,754,000.

The illegal cigarettes, branded ‘Blue River’ were discovered when Revenue Officers searched a container from Vietnam that had arrived into Ireland on a vessel from Rotterdam.

The search, which was carried out with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner and detector dog Waffle, led to the discovery of the cigarettes concealed within the load which was manifested as furniture.

Both seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products.

If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.

Previously, Revenue officers seized cigarettes and tobacco worth over €3.4 million at Dublin Port on 7 July and tobacco worth over €7.7m on 6 July as reported here.

 

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