Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Three quizzed over cigarettes haul

Three men were arrested after the seizure of 6.5 million contraband cigarettes in Co Louth

Three men have been questioned by gardai after the seizure of 6.5 million contraband cigarettes.

The consignment of Palace and Capital brand were found at a premises in Collon, Co Louth, after arriving into Dublin port from Belgium on Wednesday.

Customs officers put the haul's value at 2.7 million euro with the loss to the Exchequer at 2.1 million.

Two commercial vehicles and a trailer were also seized.

Three men, two with addresses in Co Louth and one with an address in Dublin, were arrested and are being held at Dundalk Garda Station.

The total number of cigarettes seized to date this year amounts to approximately 70 million euro with a retail value of approximately 24 million euro.

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