Gardaí have seized 50,000 cigarettes during a raid on two homes in Roscrea on Friday (July 5).
Some J21,000 worth of cigarettes were seized during the Garda operation. The potential loss to the exchequer - had the cigarettes been sold - was estimated at J18,000. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Illicit trading in cigarettes was highlighted during a recent visit to Roscrea by the President of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents, Mr Joe Sweeney.