Revenue seize cigarettes in Meath and cash in Dublin

Today (12/07/2022), as part of routine operations and with the assistance of detector dog Bill, Revenue officers seized over 1.5 million ‘Rothmans’ branded cigarettes from a commercial premises in County Meath. 

The illicit cigarettes originated in Belgium and had a retail value of more than €1.1 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €919,000.

Investigations are ongoing.

Separately last Friday (08/07/2022), at Dublin District Court, Revenue officers were granted a three-month cash detention order by Judge Treasa Kelly. This followed the seizure on Thursday (07/07/2022) of €13,700 at Dublin Airport when, as a result of routine profiling, Revenue officers stopped and searched a passenger prior to boarding a flight to Zurich, Switzerland.

The cash is suspected to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity and is detained by Revenue in accordance with proceeds of crime legislation.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy 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 the confidential free phone number 1800 295 295.

[ENDS 12/07/2022]