Seven held as 8m cigarettes seized in Armagh

Seven men were arrested after 8m counterfeit cigarettes were seized near the border in Co Armagh.

The cigarettes, which are worth an estimated €2.85m, were discovered hidden in a shipment of under-floor heating pipes.

Five of the men arrested are from Co Louth, one is from Co Limerick and the other is from Co Armagh.

The cigarettes are thought to have originated in China.

They were found inside a 40ft container in Forkhill when commercial premises were raided by customs officers and police.

Customs - Raided commercial premises in Armagh this morning

Customs - Raided commercial premises in Armagh this morning

John Whiting of HM Revenue and Customs said: ‘We will continue to work with our partners in the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) and the Revenue Commissioners in the Republic of Ireland and we are committed to stamping out the problem of cigarette and tobacco smuggling.

‘This criminal activity undermines public health by creating a cheap and unregulated supply.’


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