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9m illegal cigs seized in Dublin

Nine million black market cigarettes bound for the UK were seized in Dublin yesterday.

The massive haul of illegal Benson and Hedges packs were stuffed into a container on a ship from China.

A customs spokeswoman said the cigarettes had a potential retail value of over £3 million.

She also said customs could not comment at this stage on whether the illegal cargo was bound for Northern Ireland or Great Britain — but the packets carried UK Government health warnings.

“For operational reasons, we can't comment any further because the investigation is ongoing,” she said.

Customs officers using so-called profiling techniques uncovered the huge stash in a cargo container marked disposable cups. The container was on a ship from China that docked at Dublin Port.

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