OVER 20,000 cigarettes and 22.5kg of tobacco worth almost an estimated €20,000 have been recovered in an operation in Limerick city.
Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service, acting in a joint operation with gardaí, seized the ‘EM@IL’ brand cigarettes from a vehicle and the ‘Eastender’ tobacco in a follow-up search under warrant, of a lock up facility in the city.
An Irish male in his 40s is helping gardaí with their inquiries and investigations are on-going with a view to prosecution.
Revenue said that the 20,000 cigarettes and 22.5kg of tobacco had an estimated retail value of approximately €19,125, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €14,914.
The seizure is part of Revenues on-going operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy.
If business or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295295.