Revenue seize contraband worth over €142,000 in Counties Wexford, Louth and Dublin

Yesterday (06/09/2023), as a result of risk profiling, Revenue officers seized almost 25,000 litres of beer in County Wexford.

The illicit alcohol, branded ‘San Miguel’, has a retail value of nearly €99,500, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €46,500.

The consignment arrived in an accompanied trailer that had disembarked a ferry from Dunkirk, France. Both the trailer and alcohol were seized and the driver of the load has been questioned.

Investigations are ongoing.

Separately, on Tuesday (05/09/2023), as part of an intelligence-led operation and with the assistance of An Garda Síochána, Revenue officers seized over 38,300 cigarettes following the search of a vehicle in County Louth. In a follow-up operation yesterday (06/09/2023), a further 15,400 cigarettes were seized in Dublin.

The seized cigarettes, branded ‘Marlboro Gold’ and ‘L & M’, have a retail value of €42,500, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €33,200.

A man in his 30s has been questioned and investigations are ongoing.

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

[ENDS 06/09/2023]