Revenue seizes €150,000 worth of unstamped cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol in Laois

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Revenue seizes €150,000 worth of unstamped cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol in Laois

Revenue seizes €150,000 worth of unstamped cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol in Laois

Revenue Officers seized over 192,000 unstamped cigarettes, 10kgs of tobacco and over 1,960 litres of alcohol worth €150,000 at a house in Laois.

Officers carried out a search, under warrant, of a house in Durrow, County Laois on Tuesday, July 31.

The detections were made with the assistance of Revenue detector dogs Elvis and Stella and were part of a joint intelligence-led operation involving Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Siochána.

The seized tobacco products, branded ‘Marlboro’, ‘Winston’, ‘NZ’, ‘Camel’, ‘Kent’ and ‘Excellence’, have an estimated retail value of €109,000, representing a potential loss to the  exchequer of €89,000. The alcohol products have an estimated retail value of over €41,000 with a potential loss to the exchequer of €31,000.

On Thursday, at Dublin District Court, Revenue Officers from Dublin Airport were granted a three month cash detention order by Judge John Lindsay.

This followed the seizure of €100,000 on Wednesday when, during an intelligence-led operation, Revenue Officers in Dublin Airport stopped and searched a man in his forties and a woman in her thirties travelling to Budapest via Dusseldorf.

The cash was found hidden in hand luggage. Revenue officers seized the cash suspecting it to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity.