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Cigarettes and ecstasy tablets seized after postal centre detection

The cigarettes were detected at Portlaoise Mail Centre, leading to the discovery of 40,000 ecstasy tablets.

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CUSTOMS OFFICIALS have seized 40,000 ecstasy tablets and 8,000 cigarettes following the detection of the cigarettes at a postal centre in Co Laois.

The ‘Eight’ brand cigarettes, which originated in China, were discovered at the Portlaoise Mail Centre and a controlled delivery was undertaken.

They were seized this morning at a residential premises in Cork city. The Revenue says that the cigarettes have a retail value of around €3,100 and the potential loss to the Exchequer was around €2,700.

During the cigarette seizure, Revenue officials discovered 40,000 ecstasy tablets with an estimated street value of €400,000 and a small cannabis grow house.

A man and a woman, both Chinese nationals in their early 30s, were arrested at the scene of the seizures and have been taken to Bridewell Garda Station in Cork for questioning.

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