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Revenue agents seize over €7,000 worth of contraband tobacco in Galway

Over €7,000 worth of cigarettes and raw tobacco was seized by revenue agents in Galway in one of two simultaneous raids around the country.

During an operation in Galway last Friday, revenue agents seized 10,800 cigarettes and 2.7kgs of tobacco.

The tobacco products seized by the revenue were branded as being Marlboro, Winston, Golden Virginia and Old Holborn.

A Lithuanian woman in her 20s was questioned at the scene of the raid.

The Irish Examiner reports that this was one of two major tobacco seizures made by the Revenue on the same day.

Separately on Friday, agents in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal seized 13,400 cigarettes and €7,200 in cash.

The cash seized is suspected of being the proceeds of, or intended to further, criminal activity.

A Polish man in his 30s was questioned in connection to the raid.

The cigarettes seized from a residential property in Letterkenny were branded Mayfair, L&M and Pacific.

Yesterday, Letterkenny District Court granted the Revenue a cash detention order for three months in order to conduct further investigations.

The combined retail value of the tobacco products seized in the two raids is estimated at €16,000.

This represents a potential loss to the Exchequer of €12,680. Investigations are ongoing.

Briain Kelly
Email: news@galwaydaily.com
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