Criminal gangs in Ukraine and China attached fake Irish tax stickers to more than 300,000 boxes of cigarettes that turned up in Ireland last year.
The Revenue Commissioners were forced to design a new sticker with extra security features to combat illegal smuggling of counterfeit cigarettes and prevent the use of fake stamps. The stamps were discovered when the Revenue seized two separate shipments of illegal cigarettes last year.
The cigarettes, which could have been sold...
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