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8.4 million illegal cigarettes found in pallets of frozen chicken

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As a result of ongoing intelligence-led operations, Revenue officers made a substantial seizure on Tuesday (May 6th).

Officers discovered 8.4 million illegal cigarettes that were concealed in a container at Dublin Port.

Smuggled tobacco

A spokesperson from Revenue said the smuggled goods were concealed behind pallets of frozen chicken in a refrigerated shipping container, which arrived aboard a vessel from Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The cigarettes, branded ‘Richmond’, have an estimated value of €4.1 million, representing a loss to the exchequer of €3.51 million. Investigations into the discovery are ongoing.

This seizure is part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products.

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Businesses or members of the public who may have any information regarding illegal cigarettes are asked to contact revenue in confidence.

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