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Cigarettes, beer and spirits seized in Donegal 15.12.14

A MASSIVE pre-Christmas haul of cigarettes, alcohol and cash worth almost €300,000 have been seized today by Customs across a number of counties including Donegal.
Revenue officers assisted by Gardaí seized 524,500 cigarettes, 745 litres of spirits, 185 litres of beer, three vehicles and cash totalling €29,810.
Revenue detection dogs Harvey, Frankie and Ben were also involved in the swoop.
The operation involved a number of searches of both residential and commercial premises, under warrant, in Donegal, Mayo, Roscommon and Kildare. 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 €200,650and €22,000 - assuming 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.
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," added Mr Irwin.
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