Officers from the Revenue Commissioners’ Customs Service seized a quantity of cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol in Ballymahon on Tuesday as part of an intelligence-led operation.
Customs officers were alerted when two packages containing cigarettes- one declared as a ‘printer’ and the other as as an ‘audio speaker’ - were detected at Dublin Airport. In total, the packages contained 37,700 cigarettes and brands included Pall Mall, Viceroy, L&M, Pect, Queen Charm and Golden Virginia.
A Polish man in his 30s was detained for questioning following a controlled delivery in the Ballymahon area of Co Longford, and his vehicle was impounded.
A follow-up search at a private house resulted in the seizure of a further 7,200 cigarettes, 150 grams of tobacco, and 167 litres of assorted beer and spirits.
The contraband is valued at €24,000, which represents a potential loss of €18,200 to the exchequer.
A file is currently being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.