Revenue seize 1.5 million cigarettes in Newcastle, Co Dublin

Yesterday (20/05/21), Revenue officers seized 1.5 million illicit cigarettes following a search, under warrant, at a business premises in Newcastle, Co Dublin. The seizure was made following an intelligence led, joint operation, carried out by Revenue’s Customs Service and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) under the auspices of the Cross Border Joint Agency Taskforce (JATF).

The seized cigarettes, which had been imported into Ireland from Germany, were branded ‘L&M’ and have a retail value of almost €900,000, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €720,000. A number of individuals were questioned, and investigations are ongoing.

This seizure was part of Revenue’s ongoing joint investigations targeting the smuggling and distribution of illicit cigarettes. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.