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A Ballymoney bus driver who allowed smugglers to hide over 100,000 contraband cigarettes in a trailer at his premises was freed when his nine-month jail term was suspended for two years

A Ballymoney bus driver who allowed smugglers to hide over 100,000 contraband cigarettes in a trailer at his premises was freed when his nine-month jail term was suspended for two years

A Ballymoney bus driver who allowed smugglers to hide over 100,000 contraband cigarettes in a trailer at his premises was freed when his nine-month jail term was suspended for two years

Customs officers have seized 600,000 cigarettes in Dublin port.

The Marlboro-branded tobacco had a retail value of 304,000 euro and was discovered when officers examined a large wooden crate which had arrived from the Far East.

The cigarettes were concealed beneath a layer of shoes.

A Customs Services spokesman said: "Investigations are ongoing with a view to referring a file for criminal prosecution."

The cigarettes and tobacco represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of approximately 261,000 euro, the organisation added.