Almost 22,000 cigarettes seized at Cork Airport

Almost 22,000 cigarettes seized at Cork Airport

Seized cigarettes at Cork airport. Picture: Revenue.

CLOSE to 22,000 cigarettes have been seized at Cork airport.

The seizure was made yesterday when the carry-on luggage of two Polish nationals was searched.

The two, who were after flying in from Gdansk in Poland, were targeted as a result of routine profiling, according to Revenue.

21,900 cigarettes, branded ‘L&M’ and ‘Marlboro Gold’, were seized.

A spokesman said the products had an estimated retail value of approximately €15,000 representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €11,650.

He added: "This seizure is part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the sale and supply of illegal tobacco products. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Freephone 1800 295 295."

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