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Seven million contraband cigarettes seized in Dublin raid

Three men are arrested after a major seizure of cigarettes – worth around €2.9m – at Baldonnell Business Park.

Two activists dressed as cigarettes are caught in a net during a non-smoking campaign in Seoul, South Korea.
Two activists dressed as cigarettes are caught in a net during a non-smoking campaign in Seoul, South Korea.
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THREE MEN HAVE been arrested following a major haul of contraband cigarettes in Dublin this afternoon.

Seven million cigarettes were seized by Customs officers and Gardaí, as they were unloaded from a 40-foot container at a premises at Baldonnell Business Park, around six miles west of the city centre.

Revenue officials said the cigarettes had arrived through Belfast Port two days ago, where they had arrived from Malaysia while packaged as ‘wooden flooring’.

One of the three arrested men is aged in his 40s, while the others are in their 20s.

The cigarettes were of the ‘BusinessMan’ brand not sold in Ireland. The seven-million haul had a retail value of around €2.9m, and would have cost the Exchequer around €2.3m if sold on the street.

The haul brings to 62 million the number of contraband cigarettes seized so far this year.

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