28 September 2015
By Elaine Murphy
As a result of a joint operation by Revenue and An Garda Siochána on Saturday officers seized 20,000 unstamped ‘Aroma’ cigarettes and 15kgs of unstamped ‘Flandria’ tobacco with a retail value of €15,500* in Glanmire, Co Cork. A saloon car was also seized.
Two males in their 50s, both from Northern Ireland, appeared at a sitting of Cork District Court yesterday, Sunday, (27/9/15) and were remanded in custody to appear at a further sitting of the court today Monday 28th.
These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco. If businesses or members of the public have any information regarding the smuggling or sale of illegal cigarettes or tobacco, they can contact Revenue in confidence on free phone number 1800 295 295.
*The cigarettes and tobacco represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €12,000. This is assuming that they would have displaced the equivalent full tax paid quantity of cigarettes and tobacco.