Revenue seizes 22,000 smuggled cigarettes in Limerick

More than 22,000 smuggled cigarettes have been seized in Limerick in two steel containers.

The seizure yesterday was part of a planned operation by officers from Revenue's Customs Service.

The potential loss to the Exchequer was €8,100.

Each of the steel containers was carrying more than 11,000 'Septwolf' brand cigarettes when officers stopped and searched the car in which they were being carried at the Limerick/Cork border.

The exterior of one of the containers

Officers pry open the containers

Two Chinese nationals were questioned and the car was also seized.

As part of the operation, officers executed a search warrant at a private residence in Limerick City. A number of Chinese nationals were questioned and items including mobile phones, tablet PC, and documentation were also seized.

The investigation is on-going with a view to prosecution.

If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.

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