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Ruff justice Detector dog Gus helps smoke out smuggler as over 18,000 illegal cigarettes seized

A Slovakian national in his 40s was questioned

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Detector dog Gus in action

Detector dog Gus in action

Detector dog Gus in action

Detector dog Gus has helped Revenue officers to seize more than 18,000 cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €13,120 at Rosslare Europort.

The illegal cigarettes, branded ‘Benson & Hedges Gold’, ‘Benson & Hedges Silver’ and ‘L&M Blue’, were discovered when Revenue officers stopped and searched a Slovakian registered van that had disembarked a ferry from Cherbourg, France.

The search, which was carried out with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner and detector dog Gus, led to the discovery of the cigarettes concealed within the load.

A Slovakian national in his 40s was questioned.

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Some of the 18,000 cigarettes seized

Some of the 18,000 cigarettes seized

Some of the 18,000 cigarettes seized

On Wednesday Revenue officers also seized 85 litres of wine that was discovered during the search of an unaccompanied trailer that had also arrived into the State on a ferry from Cherbourg.

The wine has a retail value of over €1,000 representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €550.

Investigations are ongoing.

Revenue said the seizures are part of their ongoing operations targeting the importation of illegal cigarettes and alcohol.

If businesses, or members of the public, have any information regarding smuggling, they can contact Revenue in confidence on Confidential Phone Number 1800 295 295.

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