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Casey sniffs out 250,000 illegal cigarettes in latest Customs success

Published 21/04/2016

Sniffer dog Casey, who found 250,000 illegal cigarettes in a lorry arriving at Dublin Port on a boat from Rotterdam (Revenue Customs Service/PA)
Sniffer dog Casey, who found 250,000 illegal cigarettes in a lorry arriving at Dublin Port on a boat from Rotterdam (Revenue Customs Service/PA)

Thousands of packets of illegal cigarettes have been found hidden under a cargo of farm machinery by Customs sniffer dog Casey.

In her latest success, the three-and-a-half-year-old springer spaniel-cross became suspicious when a lorry pulling a low-loader came off a boat from Rotterdam at Dublin Port.

Revenue said almost 250,000 cigarettes - about 12,500 packets with Marlboro Gold, Marlboro Red and Winston Blue branding - were concealed in the trailer's chassis rail.

The lorry was registered in Poland and the Polish driver, in his 30s, was questioned by Customs officers.

Investigations are ongoing, Customs said.

I n a separate discovery at Dublin Airport on Sunday, 9,300 Kent branded cigarettes were discovered in a Moldovan passenger's bags after he flew in from Frankfurt.

Revenue said the seized cigarettes were worth about 135,000 euro and would have led to a loss to the Exchequer of 116,250 euro.

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