More than 18,000 cigarettes from Bulgaria and Ukraine seized in Dublin and Limerick

Smuggled cigarettes were first detected in Athlone and Portlaoise mail centres

More than 18,000 cigarettes from Bulgaria and Ukraine seized in Dublin and Limerick

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Revenue officers have seized more than 18,000 illegal cigarettes with an estimated retail value of over €9,400 in Limerick and Dublin.

The cigarettes, which originated from Bulgaria and Ukraine, were first detected in the Athlone and Portlaoise mail centres.

In the first of two follow-up operations yesterday, tax officials acting under court warrant searched a house together with detector dog Harvey in the Newcastle West area of Limerick.

They interviewed a Lithuanian man at the scene and took away 8,880 NZ Gold-branded cigarettes.

In the second operation, Revenue officers also acting under court warrant seized 10,000 Malboro and Karelia cigarettes during a search of a house in Dublin. A Bulgarian man was interviewed in the property.

The cigarettes represented a combined potential loss to the exchequer of over €7,800 in taxes, according to Revenue.

Investigations are continuing in both cases, with a view to prosecution.