Revenue seizes 20,000 cigarettes in Cork and tobacco in Kerry

A car in which smuggled goods were being transported also sized by Revenue

The cigarettes and tobacco seized in Cork and Kerry on Tuesday

The cigarettes and tobacco seized in Cork and Kerry on Tuesday

 

Revenue officers seized 20,000 cigarettes, 1.5 kg of tobacco and a car in which these were being transported when the vehicle was stopped and searched near Watergrasshill, Co Cork, on Tuesday.

In a follow-up search conducted at a house in Killarney, Co Kerry, and with the help of a detector dog a further 4.5kg of tobacco was seized.

Some €2,000 in cash which is suspected to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity was confiscated in accordance with proceeds of crime legislation.

In a statement Revenue said the smuggled cigarettes and the tobacco have a combined retail value of more than €14,000, representing a potential loss to the exchequer of more than €11,200.

A Croatian man in his 30s and an Irish woman in her 40s were questioned, and a file is being prepared with a view to prosecution.

The operation was supported by An Garda Síochána.