Series of illegal tobacco seizures in Cork

More than €82,000 worth of cigarettes have been found after six seperate seizures in Cork recently.

The discoveries were made by gardaí and Customs officials in houses in the City as well as at Cork Airport over the last week.

This afternoon, officers at Cork Airport seized 14,340 cigarettes from a 33-year-old Romanian man who had arrived on a flight from Paris.

The 'L&M ' and 'Monte Carlo' brand cigarettes had a retail value of €6,130 and an estimated loss to the Exchequer of €4,000.

In a further operation today , officers seized 9,500 cigarettes and 3kgs of Samson tobacco at a private dwelling in Carrigaline.

The 'President', 'Richman', 'Superking' cigarettes and tobacco had a retail value of €5,000 and an estimated loss to the Exchequer of €3,300.

One man has appeared in court. He received a suspended sentence and a fine of €1,500.

The Revenue is urging businesses or members of the public with any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes to contact them.


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