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Revenue seize 22,000 cigarettes hidden in steel containers

Two people were arrested and a number of mobile phones and tablets were seized in a follow-up search.

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OFFICERS FROM REVENUE’S Customs Service seized over 22,000 cigarettes as part of a planned operation in Limerick yesterday.

The cigarettes had a combined retail value of €10,300 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €8,100. Officers stopped and searched a vehicle at the Limerick/Cork border and discovered two steel containers, each concealing over 11,000 ‘Septwolf’ brand cigarettes.

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, tablets and documentation were seized.

Revenue said the investigation is on-going with a view to prosecution.

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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 the free phone number 1800 295 295.

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