Gus sniffs out €17k in illegal cigarettes

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REVENUE Officers seized 27,360 cigarettes in Rosslare Europort on Monday last.

The cigarettes were discovered with the assistance of detector dog Gus, when officers stopped and searched an Irish registered vehicle as it arrived in Rosslare from Cherbourg, France.

The illegal cigarettes, branded ‘Marlboro Gold’, have a retail value of over €17,000 and represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of  almost €14,000. An Irish man in his 30s has been questioned.  Investigations are ongoing with a view to a prosecution.

This seizure was part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal tobacco products in the shadow economy.

In a statement to Wexford Chronicle, a spokesperson said: “If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on our confidential line 1800 295 295.”

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