Revenue seize cigarettes at Dublin Airport in three separate operations

Yesterday (09/03/2020), as result of three separate operations, Revenue officers at Dublin Airport seized over 33,000 cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €22,500, representing a loss to the exchequer of €17,600.

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 on-going.

These seizures are part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products 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.

Ends [10/03/2020]