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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