Revenue Officers seized around 65,000 unstamped cigarettes, 7.5kg of unstamped tobacco, 57 litres of vodka and a car during a raid in Co Cork today.
Officers, assisted by detector dog Harvey, carried out a search under warrant of a house in Skibbereen today.
The contraband cigarettes are branded ‘Marlboro Gold’ and ‘NZ Superslim Gold’ and the tobacco is branded “Amber Leaf” and “Drum”. V
The vodka is branded Hlibniy Dar, which is of Ukrainian origin.
The tobacco products have a retail value in excess of €40,000, representing a loss to the Exchequer of approximately €32,000.
A second car was detained, for possible evasion of VRT.
A Lithuanian man in his 40s was questioned and investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.