Revenue seize €44,000 in cash and 46,000 contraband cigarettes at Dublin Airport

In separate operations at Dublin Airport on Saturday (10/02/2018) and Sunday (11/02/2018), Revenue officers, with the assistance of Revenue detector dogs Josie and Frankie, seized € 44,000 in cash and 46,000 contraband cigarettes.

Officers detained €14,000 in cash on Saturday, when they stopped a British woman in her twenties who was travelling to Eindhoven. On Sunday, officers detained €30,000 carried in her luggage by a Polish woman in her twenties, who was travelling to Barcelona. Revenue detector dog Josie assisted in both cases. The cash amounts are suspected to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity and were detained in accordance with proceeds of crime legislation. This morning (12/02/2018) in Dublin District Court, Judge Grainne O’Neill granted  3 month detention orders in both cases, to allow Revenue to investigate further.

Also on Saturday over 46,000 contraband cigarettes were seized when detector dog Frankie indicated on the luggage of four Romanian nationals who arrived in Dublin Airport on a flight from Istanbul. The smuggled cigarettes, branded ‘Kent’, have an estimated retail value of €26,600, and represent a potential losss to the Exchequer of approximately €20,500.

These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting smuggling and shadow economy activity. If businesses, or members of the public have any information, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.