Man quizzed following Customs seizure in Ennis

Man quizzed following Customs seizure in Ennis

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Photo: Revenue’s Customs Service

Customs officers have questioned a Russian man after they seized €15,000 worth of cigarettes and a motor vehicle in an intelligence-led operation in Co Clare.

Revenue’s Customs Service, backed up by local Gardaí, seized the 30,060 cigarettes yesterday (Monday) after executing search warrants at a private house in the Dromard area Ennis as well as business premises.

Backed up by local Gardaí, Revenue officers including a dog handler undertook the early morning searches.

Revenue’s tobacco detector dog Harvey identified several packages and boxes which upon inspection were found to contain cigarettes. Brands seized include ‘West’, ‘Winston Slims’, ‘Rothmans Slims’ and ‘Marlboro’.

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Photo: Revenue’s Customs Service

Revenue confirmed: “A Russian man in his 30’s has been questioned by officers from Revenue’s Customs Service while an investigation is ongoing with a view to prosecution.”

Revenue confirmed that the cigarettes seized represents a potential loss to the Exchequer of nearly €12,000.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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