Revenue officers at Rosslare Europort seized approximately 2.7 million cigarettes during a routine profiling operation yesterday.
The cigarettes, branded ‘L&M’, have a retail value of over €1.8 million representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €1.4 million.
The illegal cigarettes were discovered when Revenue officers stopped and searched a polish registered articulated lorry and its accompanying trailer that had disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg, France.
The search, which was carried out with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner and Detector Dog Gus, led to the discovery of the cigarettes concealed within the load.
A polish national in his 40’s was questioned.
This seizure is part of Revenue's ongoing operations targeting the importation of illegal cigarettes and follows the seizure of 3 million cigarettes at Rosslare Europort earlier in the day.