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Pictures of the MV Ann Scan at greenore port where the biggest seisure of cigaretts in the state..SEE press release below.Photo: Fran Caffrey/ 'Samhna' : Potentially the largest seizure of cigarettes .ever..A multi agency operation, code named 'Samhna', headed up by Revenue's .Customs Service, is currently underway in Greenore Port, Co Louth, and .surrounding area...The operation, targeting the suspected criminal activities of an .organised crime group operating both north and south of the border, .involved the surveillance of a general cargo vessel M/V Anne Scan, .which sailed from the Philippines on 15/09/2009 for Greenore Port, .arriving at approximately 0600 hours on Monday, 26/10/2009, carrying a cargo declared as 'animal feed'..Officers kept the vessel under surveillance, as they suspected that a .large consignment of contraband cigarettes was concealed within the cargo...Following the discharge of part of the cargo from the vessel earlier .this morning onto awaiting trucks, which were allowed onwards to the .importer's premises, the multi agency task force, involving Officers .of Revenues Customs Service and An Garda Siochana, moved in and raided .several premises in the Co. Louth area, in addition to mounting an .operation on the vessel itself.  A large consignment of contraband .cigarettes has been confirmed, estimated to be in excess of 120m .cigarettes with a retail value of about EUR50m and a potential revenue .at risk of approximately EUR40m. Several persons have been arrested at .various locations by the Gardai for questioning...The operation in the Republic of Ireland involved Officers of .Revenue's Customs Service, An Garda Siochana, The Criminal Assets .Bureau, the Irish Naval Service and Air Corps and in Northern Ireland, .Officers of HM Revenue & Customs and the PSNI. In addition the .European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), which was also involved, will .co-ordinate the international enquiries which will form part of  the .fol