Northern Ireland

Irish customs seize 3m cigarettes near Drogheda

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Image caption 3m cigarettes were seized in the Irish customs operation

Customs officers in the Irish Republic have recovered about 3m cigarettes from a vehicle stopped on the M1 near Drogheda on Friday night.

They were hidden inside a consignment of tyres which had arrived by ship into Cork from the United Arab Emirates earlier this week.

It is believed the cigarettes were destined for sale in Northern Ireland and the Republic.

One person is being questioned in relation to the seizure.