Revenue officers have seized 9.6 million cigarettes smuggled into Dublin Port.
The cigarrettes were aboard a vessel from Rotterdam.
The cigarettes were identified in a shipping container, said to contain “tyres”, when Revenue's mobile x-ray scanner was deployed as a result of routine profiling.
The seized cigarettes, 'cheap whites' branded “Excellence”, have a retail value of almost €4.5m, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €3.8m.
Revenue said it continues to target the supply of illicit tobacco products with a view to disrupting the supply chain, seizing the illicit product and prosecuting those responsible.