Almost 40,000 illegal cigarettes found in passenger's luggage at Cork Airport

Revenue officers searched a passenger's checked-in luggage on arrival at the airport after a flight from Lagos in Nigeria via Paris.

Almost 40,000 illegal cigarettes found in passenger's luggage at Cork Airport

Almost 40,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized at Cork Airport.

Revenue officers searched a passenger's checked-in luggage on arrival at the airport after a flight from Lagos in Nigeria via Paris.

They found 39,800 unstamped cigarettes with an estimated retail value of approximately €19,500.

A man in his 30s, who is from Nigeria, was interviewed in relation to the seizure. Investigations are ongoing.

In a statement, Revenue said the seizure was part of ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products.

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