Revenue Officers seized approximately 3 million cigarettes at Rosslare Europort today.
The cigarettes, branded ‘L&M’, have a retail value of almost €2.1 million, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €1.6 million.
The illegal cigarettes were discovered when a polish registered articulated lorry and its accompanying trailer was stopped by Revenue officers having disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg, France.
The subsequent search, with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner, led to the discovery of the cigarettes concealed within the load.
A polish national in his 30’s was questioned.