Revenue seizes 45,000 cigarettes at Dublin Airport

On Monday (21/05/2018), Revenue officers at Dublin Airport seized 45,000 cigarettes when, during routine operations, they stopped and searched a passenger who had arrived from Nigeria via Frankfurt. The cigarettes, branded ‘Benson & Hedges’ have a retail value of €27,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €21,375. The passenger, a 35 year old Nigerian man, was arrested.

Yesterday (22/05/2018) the man appeared before Judge Bryan Smyth in the Dublin Metropolitan District Court, where he was remanded in custody to Cloverhill until Monday next, 28 May, when he will again be brought before the Court.

The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty. These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Freephone 1800 295 295.