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Revenue seizes more than €1 million worth of illegal cigarettes

Revenue has intercepted a number of illegal cigarette shipments in recent weeks.

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CIGARETTES WORTH AN estimated €851,000 were seized at Dublin Port yesterday. 

The 1.4 tonnes shipment, which would have represented a loss to the exchequer of €721,000, is the second major seizure in the past month. 

A shipment of cigarettes, branded MB Blue and Benson & Hedges, with a retail value of €234,000, were also seized earlier this month.

Revenue officers who carried out the seizures said both shipments arrived from China. 

In another catch on 7 September, Revenue officers seized more than €70,000 in illegal cigarettes during a search of an Italian-registered vessel - 118,00 cigarettes, branded L&M, Marlboro and Winston, were seized. 

The seizures come as Revenue continues to target the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products. 

If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on the free phone number 1800 295 295. 

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