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More than 125,000 cigarettes seized in Cork

The cigarettes and tobacco seized in a series of raids were worth more than €80,000.

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CUSTOMS OFFICERS HAVE seized more than 125,000 cigarettes and a large quantity of tobacco in a series of raids across Cork.

The raids yielded illicit tobacco products worth a total of more than €80,000.

In the largest seizure, gardaí and Revenue officials raided a home on the north side of Cork city on Thursday evening. They discovered 80,000 smuggled Richman cigarettes and 75kg of Samson tobacco concealed under a load of kindling.

The Revenue Service said this represented a potential loss of €42,000 in taxes to the Exchequer. A car and a commercial vehicle were impounded at the scene.

Two raids were carried out earlier today. In one, 14,340 cigarettes were seized from a Romanian man arriving at Cork airport on a flight from Paris.

The other was an operation at a private home in Carrigaline, where 9,500 cigarettes and 3kg of rolling tobacco were discovered.

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On Thursday 17,400 cigarettes were found hidden in the luggage of two men, one Latvian and one Lithuanian, arriving on a flight from Lanzarote.  Another Latvian man, arriving from Barcelona, was found with 5,340 cigarettes also concealed in his luggage on January 26.

He was handed a six-month suspended sentence and a €1,500 fine after appearing in court yesterday charged with avoiding excise duty.

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