Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service, backed by gardai, have seized cigarettes, spirits, beer and vehicles following raids in Donegal, Mayo, Roscommon and Kildare.
As well as cigarettes and alcohol, various documents were also seized, as was cash totalling almost €30,000.
The retail value of the cigarettes, which included ‘Marlboro Red’, ‘West’, ‘L&M’ and ‘WZ Gold,’ is €238,000. The retail value of the 23 varieties of spirits, which included vodka and whiskey, is € 27,200 .
A number of people are being questioned and files are being prepared for prosecution.
Revenue Commissioner Liam Irwin said this afternoon that the operation follows months of painstaking investigations and co-operation between Revenue and An Garda Síochána.