18 November 2016
By Tom O’Sullivan
This afternoon at Cork Airport, following routine profiling, Revenue officers arrested two Lithuanian men who had arrived on a flight from Tenerife, when they were discovered to be carrying 14,000 contraband cigarettes concealed in their baggage. The men are aged in their 30’s and are being held in Togher Garda Station, to appear in Cork District Court tomorrow.
The seizure is part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illicit cigarettes in the shadow economy. The smuggled cigarettes, branded “Bravo” “BN” and “L&M Blue”, have a retail value of more than €7,500, representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of €4,500.