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Man caught with illegal cigarettes, charged and jailed in one day

Dublin District Court judge sends smuggler down for six months after he’s caught with nearly 10,000 illegal cigarettes.

Image: Andrei Pungovschi/AP/Press Association Images

CIGARETTE SMUGGLERS BEWARE. A 25-year-old Latvian man who was found with almost 10,000 cigarettes in his bag at Dublin Airport this morning was charged with excise tax evasion, appeared in court and given a six-month jail sentence – all on the same day.

Customs officers at the airport found the ‘Marshall’ brand cigarettes, worth about €4,225, in the man’s bag this morning. The man carrying them was arriving from the Canary Islands. If sold on the streets, the Exchequer would have lost €3,990 in taxes.

After the discovery was made at Dublin Airport this morning, the 25-year-old Latvian man was charged with evasion of excise duty and appeared in front of Judge Denis McLoughlin at Dublin District Court. He received a six-month jail term with 14 days to appeal.

Summary offences can be heard and ruled on by a district court judge without a jury.

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