Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Síochána have seized 524,500 cigarettes, 745 litres of spirits, 185 litres of beer, three vehicles and cash totalling €29,810 from premises in Donegal, Mayo, Roscommon and Kildare.
Revenue detection dogs Harvey, Frankie and Ben also helped out in yesterday’s intelligence-led operation.
The operation involved a number of searches of both residential and commercial premises, under warrant, in the four counties.
As well as cigarettes and alcohol, various documents were also seized.
The retail value of the cigarettes, which included ‘Marlboro Red’, ‘West’, ‘L&M’ and ‘WZ Gold,’ is €238,000.
The retail value of the 23 varieties of spirits, which included vodka and whiskey, is € 27,200 .
The cigarettes and spirits seized represent a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately €200,650 and €22,000. This is assuming that they would have displaced the equivalent full tax paid quantity of cigarettes and spirits.
A number of people are being questioned and files are being prepared for prosecution.
In welcoming these seizures, Revenue Commissioner Liam Irwin said “This operation is a result of months of painstaking investigations and co-operation between Revenue and An Garda Síochána.
”Revenue is determined to disrupt this type of illegal activity and to vigorously prosecute those involved.”