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38m cigarettes seized at Dublin Port

A total of 38 million cigarettes with a retail value of 14.7m euros (£12.1m) have been seized by customs officers at Dublin Port in the Irish Republic.

The cigarettes were brought into the country in four shipping containers.

It is understood they represent a potential loss to the Irish exchequer of 13.1m euros.

The cigarettes originated in Vietnam and arrived into Dublin Port via Rotterdam.

About 9.5 million cigarettes were seized from each of the four containers.

A number of people have been interviewed and a premises was searched under warrant.

Documents seized as part of the investigation are currently being examined.

Investigations are ongoing.