Over €880,000 worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Louth and Cork

A 4x4 vehicle and cash was also seized

Over €880,000 worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Louth and Cork

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Revenue officers have seized smuggled cigarettes worth more than €880,000 in Louth and Cork.

In an intelligence led operation on Friday afternoon, officers seized 1.6 million smuggled cigarettes when they stopped a truck near the M1 motorway in Co Louth.

It is thought the smuggled cigarettes, branded "Richman Royal", may have originated in Dubai.

They were concealed in a number of crates said to contain "book covers".

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The cigarettes have a retail value of almost €880,000 - representing a potential loss to the exchequer of more than €700,000.

While in a separate operation in the Douglas area of Cork city, Revenue officers seized 6,500 of unstamped 'Benson and Hedges' cigarettes.

A 4x4 vehicle and €1,090 in cash was also seized.

A Nigerian man aged in his 20s was questioned, and a prosecution file is being prepared.

The value of these illegal cigarettes is €3,900 - with an estimated loss to the exchequer of €3,100.