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Smuggling van and 150k illegal cigs hidden in 'charcoal' bags seized

The hidden cigarettes which were seized today
The hidden cigarettes which were seized today

Cigarettes worth almost €79,000 were seized by Revenue officers at Rosslare Europort today.

Today at Rosslare Europort, Revenue Officers seized 150,000 cigarettes and the van in which they were smuggled.

Following routine profiling, the Irish-registered van was stopped and searched with the assistance of Detector Dog Alfie as it disembarked a ferry from France.

The cigarettes, branded "Kent", "Marlboro Red" and "Marlboro Gold" were found concealed in bags labelled as "charcoal".

The smuggled cigarettes have a retail value of €78,761, representing a potential loss to the exchequer of approximately €62,785.

A Romanian man was questioned and investigations are ongoing, with a view to prosecution.