Revenue has seized 18kgs of tobacco at Shannon Airport this Thursday morning.
The seizure was made as a result of routine profiling when officers from Revenue’s Customs Services at Shannon Airport discovered 18kgs of roll your own tobacco with a retail value of approximately €7,000.
The “Amber Leaf” tobacco was discovered in the luggage of an Irish male who had arrived on a flight from Tenerife.
Investigations are ongoing and a file is being prepared with a view to a prosecution.
The seizure represents a potential loss to the Exchequer of €5,800. This is assuming that it would have displaced the equivalent full tax paid quantity of cigarettes and tobacco.
This seizure is part of Revenue’s on-going operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal cigarettes in the shadow economy. 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.
By Carol Byrne