Almost 100,000 smuggled cigarettes seized at Dublin Airport

The cigarettes seized by Revenue had been bound for addresses in Offaly and Meath

Revenue officers seized almost 100,000 cigarettes at Dublin Airport on Wednesday after a search took place during routine profiling.

The smuggled cigarettes branded “Minsk Capital” and “NZ” were discovered in air cargo consignments that had arrived in Ireland from Germany, Italy and Lithuania.

The cigarettes were hidden in items described as “meteorological equipment”, “medical equipment” and “bed linen”.

They have a combined estimated retail value of €68,530, representing a potential loss to the exchequer of €54,579.


The consignments were destined for delivery to addresses in counties Offaly and Meath.

Investigations are ongoing.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products.

If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on the freephone number 1800-295295.