Belfast Telegraph

Customs seize 9.6m black market cigarettes from 'tyres' lorry at Dublin Port

One of the largest ever hauls of black market cigarettes has been recovered by Customs.

The truck-load of illicit tobacco - known as cheap whites and branded Excellence - was concealed in a lorry supposedly containing tyres passing through Dublin Port.

There were 9.6 million cigarettes inside, with a retail value of about 4.5 million euro which, if they had made their way to the streets, would have cost the Exchequer 3.8 million euro.

Revenue Customs officers analysed the truck using a specialist mobile X-ray scanner machine after picking it out in routine profiling.

The smuggled cargo had arrived in the country on Tuesday on a ship from Rotterdam.

"Revenue continues to target the supply of illicit tobacco products with a view to disrupting the supply chain, seizing the illicit product and prosecuting those responsible," a spokeswoman said.

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