Smuggled cigarettes were detected in Portlaoise

Smuggled cigarettes were detected in Portlaoise
News Reporter news@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

Over 18,000 cigarettes seized by Revenue officers yesterday were initally detected in Portlaoise and AthloneMail Centres.

The smuggled cigarettes originated in Bulgaria and Ukraine.

In the first of two follow-up operations, Revenue Officers acting under court warrant and assisted by detector dog Harvey searched a house in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.

They interviewed a Lithuanian man and seized 8,880 cigarettes branded NZ Gold.

In the second operation, Revenue officers also acting under court warrant, searched a house in Dublin, where they interviewed a Bulgarian man and seized 10,000 cigarettes, branded Marlboro and Karelia.

Investigations are continuing in both cases, with a view to prosecution.

The cigarettes,with a total retail value of over €9,400 represented a potential loss to the exchequer of over €7,800.