Illicit fags & booze found in Telford raids

Illicit fags & booze found in Telford raids

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Telford uncovered more than 53,580 cigarettes, 364.65 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 12 litres of alcohol, all believed to be illicit.

Officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), visited 20 retail premises on 5 and 10 August in Telford.

The visits, as part of HMRC’s Tobacco Taskforce activity, led to suspected illegal tobacco and alcohol products being seized from 10 premises. This included:

27,980 cigarettes, with an estimated £10,493 duty and VAT evaded, in Telford

48.65 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, with an estimated £14,790 duty and VAT evaded, in Telford

12 litres of alcohol, with an estimated £160 duty and VAT evaded, in Telford

Paul Fisher, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“The sale of illegal tobacco and alcohol will not be tolerated by us or our partner agencies. Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco market, which costs the UK around £1.8 billion a year, and the sale of illicit alcohol which costs the UK around £0.9 billion per year. This is theft from the taxpayer and undermines legitimate traders.

“We encourage anyone with information about the illegal sale of tobacco or alcohol to report it online or call the Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

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