Investigations are continuing following the seizure of more than 20,000 illicit cigarettes in Limerick city.
During related searches in recent days, officers from Revenue’s Customs Service seized a total of 24,000 cigarettes with a retail value of over €11,000
On Thursday, a package containing 12,000 ‘Septwolf’ and ‘Eight’ cigarettes was seized.
The consignment, which had been posted from China, was declared as ‘hangbags’.
In a follow up operation last evening, a further package was detected by Revenue sniffer dog Harvey.
The package, containing 12,000 ‘Septwolf’ cigarettes had also been sent from China, but to a different address in Limerick city.
According to a Revenue spokesperson, the package had been declared as containing ‘shoe samples’.
A Chinese male in 20’s was questioned by Officers from Revenues Customs Service and the investigation is ongoing with a view to prosecution.
“If businesses 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 295 295,” said a Revenue spokesperson.