Revenue officers, with the assistance of detector dog Eva, seized more than 11,300 cigarettes, 5kgs of tobacco and a car as part of an intelligence-led operation in Cork today.
The seizures came following searches, carried out under warrant, of two houses in Cork City. The seized contraband tobacco products have a combined value in excess of €9,400, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €7,500. The brands seized include ‘Excellence’, ‘Gold Classic’, ‘Richman’ and ‘Flandria’.
Two Irish men were questioned and investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.
These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of tobacco products in the shadow economy. If you know someone is evading or involved in smuggling, report it. Contact Revenue’s confidential freephone 1800 295 295.