In one operation Revenue officers seized over 500 litres of wine and approximately 77.5kgs of ‘roll your own tobacco’ with a combined retail value estimated at €61,000.
This represents a potential loss to the Exchequer of €46,000.
The smuggled tobacco and alcohol were discovered with the assistance of Revenue’s mobile X-ray scanner following the search of an Irish-registered truck and its accompanying trailer that had disembarked a ferry from Le Havre, France.
On the same day Revenue officers seized almost 26,000 litres of beer following the search of a Polish-registered truck that had disembarked a ferry from Dunkirk, France.
The smuggled alcohol had an estimated retail value of over €103,000 representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €48,000.
Finally, Revenue officers seized almost 11,300 litres of wine with an estimated retail value of over €137,000 (representing a potential loss to the Exchequer of more than €73,000) following the search of an unaccompanied trailer that had arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.
Investigations are ongoing following these operations.
These seizures form part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the shadow economy and smuggling.