A man was brought before Dublin District Court this morning
Revenue officers seized more than 10,000 contraband cigarettes at Dublin Airport on Monday the 13th of February.
The officers were acting on intelligence and stopped and searched a man who had arrived into Dublin Airport from Kiev via Paris.
The man was arrested when more than 10,000 contraband cigarettes were found in a cardboard box in his checked-in suitcase.
The cigarettes were branded ‘L&M’ and ‘Parliament’ and are said to have a retail value of approximately €5,700, which represents a potential loss to the Exchequer of €4,500.
The 38 year old Latvian man was brought before Dublin District Court this morning the 17th of February, when Judge Anthony Halpin imposed a fine of €2,500.
The revenue issued a warning to the public saying "The majority of people pay the right amount of tax and duty. If you know someone is evading tax or involved in smuggling, report it."