Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Four held over 9m seized cigarettes

Four men have been arrested after nine million contraband cigarettes were recovered

Four men have been arrested after nine million contraband cigarettes were recovered when a truck and a 4x4 were stopped and searched.

Gardai pulled the vehicles in at a service station on the M1 motorway near Castlebellingham, Co Louth, and recovered the black market haul.

The cigarettes had a street value of about 4.3 million euro and, if sold, would have run up a 3.7 million-euro loss to the state.

The arrested men, in their late 30s and early 40s, were taken in for questioning to Drogheda and Dundalk Garda stations.

A number of follow-up searches were carried out in businesses and homes.

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