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Gardaí seize counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco, and €3,855 in cash in Drogheda July 19, 2021.

Issue Date: 20th July 2021

Gardaí have seized 13,500 cigarettes, 9.75kg of tobacco, which are believed to be counterfeit, along with €3,855 in cash following three separate searches in Drogheda yesterday, Monday July 19, 2021.

The operation involved uniform members of the Garda Drogheda Community Action Team (D-CAT) who were assisted by members of the Revenue’s Customs Service and related to the sale of counterfeit cigarettes in Drogheda.

In the course of the Operation Gardaí and Customs Officers carried out searches at a retail premises, and two residential properties.

During these searches a total of 13,500 cigarettes, 9.75kg of tobacco, which are believed to be counterfeit, and €3,855 in cash were seized by Revenue and An Garda Síochána.

The counterfeit tobacco products represented a total loss to the exchequer of approximately €12,000.

Two men in their 30s were arrested in connection with this seizure and have since been released without charge. A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

During this operation a 2016 Jaguar F-Pace jeep was also seized in connection with suspected money laundering offences.

Investigations are ongoing in relation to this matter.