Revenue seize over €80,000 and 45,000 cigarettes in Co Mayo

This afternoon (01/11/2019) at Ballina District Court, Revenue officers were granted a three-month Cash Detention Order by Judge Fiona Lydon. This follows the seizure of over €80,000 yesterday (31/10/2019) when, as part of an intelligence led operation, Revenue officers with the assistance of detector dog Bailey searched a house, under warrant, in Co Mayo.

During the search, Revenue officers also seized over 45,000 cigarettes. The unstamped cigarettes branded ‘Blue River’ and ‘Email’ have an estimated retail value of over €22,000 with a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €19,000.

A Latvian male in his fifties was questioned in relation to the seizures and investigations are ongoing. 

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 illegal sale of tobacco products, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free-phone number 1800 295 295.

Ends: 01/11/2019