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17,800 cigarettes and €50,000 worth of cannabis seized at Irish airports yesterday

A Moldovan national was also sentenced to three months in prison for evasion of duty on cigarettes.

Image: Cigarette image via Shutterstock

OFFICERS FROM REVENUE’S Customs Service seized large numbers of cigarettes and a quantity of cannabis at Dublin and Shannon airports yesterday.

In Dublin Airport, some 17,800 cigarettes with a retail value of €8,500 were seized yesterday morning. This posed a potential loss to the Exchequer of €7,290.

The ‘Winston’ cigarettes were found in the baggage of a Moldovan national who arrived in on a flight from Moscow.

The 23 year-old man was arrested and appeared before at Cloverhill Court, this morning where he was charged with evasion and attempted evasion of duty. He was remanded in custody to appear again at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on 7 August 2013.

At Shannon Airport officers seized a quantity of herbal cannabis with an estimated street value of €50,000. The drugs were discovered concealed in a consignment of freight that arrived from Spain following a a positive indication by Customs dog Ollie.

(Image: Revenue)

Following the seizure of over 22,000 cigarettes at Dublin Airport earlier this month, a Moldovan man was also sentenced to a three-month custodial sentence and a €2,500 fine fir evasion of duty at Blanchardstown District Court today.

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