Detector dog Bill praised after 40,000 cigarettes seized in Cavan

Bill, the Revenue detector dog, is being praised for his work in the discovery of over 40,000 unmarked cigarettes in Cavan.

The seizure was made on Tuesday evening as part of ongoing operations targeting Ireland’s shadow economy. An intelligence led operation by Revenue Officers found 41,200 unstamped cigarettes following the search of a residential property in the county.

The cigarettes, branded NZ, West, and Pall Mall had a retail value of €26,000 and represented a potential loss to the Exchequer of over €20,730. Investigations in the seizure are ongoing with a view to prosecute.

Revenue Officers praised Bill the Springer Spaniel detector dog for his part in the operation in Cavan. Separately, last Friday, Revenue officers at Dublin Port seized 6,600 cigarettes and 165 litres of alcohol worth a combined retail value of almost €10,000 during a routine search.

These seizures are part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the supply and sale of illegal alcohol and tobacco products in the shadow economy.