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1.2 million cigarettes seized in Dublin Port

The seizure had a retail value of €552,000 and was found in a number of pallets that arrived from Belgium.

A SEIZURE OF over a million of cigarettes with a retail value in excess of half a million euro took place today.

Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service at Dublin Port seized 1.2 million cigarettes with a retail value of €552,000.

They said the cigarettes had a potential loss to the exchequer of €326, 290.

The ‘Palace’ brand cigarettes were contained in a number of pallets described as ‘General Cargo’ and had arrived on a ferry from Belgium.

This seizure is part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy.

Businesses or members of the public that have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.

Read: 51 convictions for illegal tobacco sale and smuggling so far this year>

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