GARDAI AND CUSTOMS IN SMUGGLED CIGS SWOOP AT CLONTIBRET

21 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

ARMED gardai from the Emergency Response Unit joined Customs and Excise officers in a major week-end operation in Mid- Monaghan which led to the seizure of a huge haul of smuggled cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €3.8 million.
The officers swooped on a large shed at Clontibret, a short distance from the Keady Border with South Armagh.
The search party ordered a number of people in the “warehouse” to lie on the ground while the search was conducted.
The raid team also confiscated a number of mobile phones for examination from people who were engaged in off-loading some items from a vehicle at the building.
The smuggled cigarettes were found in a large container beside another container in which it is understood there was some furniture fittings recently stored.
The swoop is believed to have followed a tip-off and subsequent surveillance operation in the area on Saturday last.
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