Revenue seize tobacco worth over €44,000 at Cork Airport on Sunday, thanks in part to the work of detector dog Eva.
The smuggled tobacco was discovered in the checked baggage of three Irish nationals who had disembarked a flight from Alicante, Spain.
"As a result of routine profiling and with the assistance of detector dog Eva, Revenue officers seized 75kg of tobacco at Cork Airport," a spokesperson said. "The ‘Amber Leaf’ branded tobacco had an estimated retail value of approximately €44,260 representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €36,735."
Investigations are ongoing.
The spokesperson described the seizures as part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products in the shadow economy.
"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," they added.