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Over 33,000 cigarettes seized by customs officers in Dublin

The cigarettes were seized after officers searched a man who disembarked a flight from Cairo.

Image: Revenue.ie

CUSTOMS OFFICIALS SEIZED a total of 33,000 cigarettes in two separate operations at Dublin Airport yesterday. 

The cigarettes have been valued at €22,500 with potential loss to the exchequer of €17,600. 

In an initial search, 12,000 smuggled cigarettes were found when Revenue officers stopped and searched the checked baggage of a man with dual British-Egyptian passports who disembarked a flight from Cairo.  

A further 21,480 cigarettes were discovered when Revenue officers stopped and searched the hand luggage of two men from Moldova who disembarked a flight from Moscow.  

All three men were arrested by An Garda Síochána. Investigations are ongoing.

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