June 22, 2024

Two Ukrainian refugees caught working an unlawful cigarette enterprise have been arrested and appeared in courtroom.

The pair have been caught with greater than 8,000 faux counterfeit smokes and €5,395 in money when swooped on by Gardai in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Roman Nosenko and Mikhailo Skriaha have been promoting a budget cigarettes from the again of a Ukrainian registered automobile at Pearse Highway, Letterkenny on August twenty second final.

Investigating Gardai witnessed the lads finishing up a transaction after being tipped off concerning the unlawful gross sales.

At 1.40pm exterior a neighborhood purchasing centre Gardai carried out surveillance and witnessed the lads promoting cigarettes to a passer-by earlier than moving into their automobile and leaving the scene.

Gardai adopted the lads and pulled within the automobile and located each the cigarette and money haul inside.

Officers seized 2000 of Rothmans of London, 1600 of Marlboro Purple, 200 of Winston Blue, 200 of quite a lot of Rothmans, 200 of Lambert & Butler Authentic silver, 1600 of Marlboro Contact, 200 of L&M purple label, 200 of Winston x Type twin, 200 of Marlboro Contact XL, 400 of Aqua Blue, 400 of Parliament Aqua Tremendous Slim and 1300 of Richmond King Dimension.

The cigarettes had no legitimate tax stamps affixed. The offence is opposite to Part 78 (3) of the Finance Act 2005 as amended by Part 56 of Finance Act, 2013.

Gardai took possession of the cigarettes and the money. Sergeant Jim Collins stated each males have been co-operative in interview and accepted their respective involvements within the enterprise.

The 2 males have been aided by an interpreter after they appeared at Letterkenny District Courtroom earlier than Decide Éiteáin Cunningham.

Nosenko, a 42-year-old with an tackle at Atlantic Approach Flats, Bundoran and 39-year-old Skriaha, of Atlantic Level Flats, Bundoran, pleaded responsible.

Frank Dorrian, representing each defendants, stated they have been in Eire for round a 12 months having sought refuge from the continuing battle in Ukraine.

Nosenko, a father-of-one, labored as a meals processing supervisor within the war-torn metropolis of Mariupol, which is beneath Russian occupation. Skriaha, Mr Dorrian stated, is a father-of-two who hails from ‘not fairly as delicate’ an space off Ukraine. Skriaha had labored in a bakery earlier than shifting to Eire.

Mr Dorrian stated the endeavour was ‘clumsy’ in that they tried it exterior a purchasing centre ‘which might draw the attention of the passer-by, the retailer or the gardai’.

“They’re each with no prison document and they’re very generously accommodated by the State,” Mr Dorrian stated, including that each the merchandise and the money have been now ‘gone’ from his shoppers.

Decide Cunningham stated she thought of the matter ‘vital’. “We’re speaking vital cigarette and money quantities,” Decide Cunningham stated. “The selection of location was clumsy, however it wasn’t clumsy in any regard. It’s a critical matter”

Decide Cunningham directed {that a} probation and welfare report be ready within the case of every man and adjourned the case till December 11, 2023.

Ukrainian refugees caught working unlawful cigarette rip-off was final modified: September twelfth, 2023 by Stephen Maguire