13,000 illicit cigarettes seized in Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Over 13,000 illicit cigarettes have been seized in Limerick city
INVESTIGATIONS are underway following the seizure of more than 13,000 illicit cigarettes in Limerick city this afternoon.

INVESTIGATIONS are underway following the seizure of more than 13,000 illicit cigarettes in Limerick city this afternoon.

Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service seized the cigarettes during a pre-planned operation which was conducted with the assistance of local gardai.

The cigarettes which were branded ‘Hong Mie’, ‘Huang Shan’, ‘Double Happiness’, ‘Septwolf’ and ‘8’ have a retail value of over €6,100 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €4,800.

According to the Revenue, a number of business premises were searched during the operation along with a private residence.

Additional items including documentation, mobile phones, laptops, disc drives and airway bills were also seized during the searches.

A number of Chinese nationals were questioned about the items seized and the investigation is on-going with a view to prosecution.

Gardai are investigating the discovery of a quantity of herbal cannabis which was also seized during the operation.

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