Illegal cigarettes worth more than €16,000 have been seized in County Laois.
They were found during the search of an apartment in Portlaoise last Friday.
The cigarettes branded ‘Marlboro’, ‘West’, ‘L&M’, ’Pall Mall’, ‘Winston’, ‘LD’, ‘Chesterfield’ and ‘NZ’, have an estimated retail value of €16,500, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €13,000.
The seizure was made as a result of a joint operation conducted by Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Síochána.
A man in his 50s was questioned, and investigations are ongoing with a view to prosecution.