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Revenue seize 315kg of tobacco at Dublin Airport

A file is being prepared for the DPP after a cargo shipment marked as “advertising t-shirts” was found to be tobacco.

The tobacco
The tobacco
Image: Reveue Commissioners

THREE CHINESE NATIONALS were questioned yesterday in relation to a massive haul of tobacco at Dublin Airport.

The tobacco has a retail value of €128,000 and a potential loss to the exchequer of approximately €102,000.

The seizure of the roll-your-own tobacco took place yesterday at the airport.

The tobacco, believed to be of Chinese origin, was detected when officers examined a cargo consignment that arrived from Bulgaria described as “advertising T-shirts”.

Three Chinese nationals aged 41, 33 and 27 were questioned in relation to the attempted importation and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In a separate and unrelated operation at Dublin Airport on 13 September, Revenue’s Customs Service seized 870kgs of counterfeit ‘Golden Virginia’ brand empty tobacco pouches which had arrived from China.

That consignment was described as ‘plastic packaging’.

Revenue is asking businesses or members of the public who may have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, to can contact them in confidence on 1800 295 295.

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