€30,000 worth of tobacco seized

ABOUT €30,000 worth of illegal tobacco and cigarettes have been seized by officers from Revenue’s Customs Service in Tralee, Co Kerry, the second such seizure in a week.

A man in his sixties has been questioned in relation to the seizure which amounted to 80kgs of tobacco and a small quantity of cigarettes.

It followed the seizure, last week, of 535,000 cigarettes, 130 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and over a 1,000 litres of suspected counterfeit vodka in Tralee.

A vehicle was also seized and two men in their forties were cautioned and questioned.

One of the men is understood to be a British national living in Tralee and the second is from the Killarney area.

They were detained and questioned under the Finance Act.

The haul included some well-known cigarette brand names, with some packets having fake government tax stamps.

The loss in revenue to the exchequer from illegal sales could have been €250,000.

An intensive surveillance operation had been underway following concerns about the scale of the counterfeit cigarette trade in Co Kerry.

A file is being prepared for the DPP in relation to the seizures.


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