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Four arrested in tobacco raids

Press Release   •   Sep 17, 2014 13:05 BST

Three men and a woman were arrested and tobacco worth an estimated £287,000 seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last Friday (12 September).

HMRC officers searched three private addresses in the Glasgow and Fife areas where they seized over a tonne of hand rolling tobacco, tobacco shredding machinery and boxes of counterfeit packaging.

David Odd, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“Tobacco crime undermines legitimate producers and retailers and has a serious and detrimental impact on our communities.”

All four were charged and have been released pending further enquiries and a report to the Procurator Fiscal.

Notes for editors

1. Two men aged 37 and 33, one woman aged 31 from Glasgow and one man from Fife aged 48, were arrested and charged under the Customs & Excise Management Act1979, section 170 offences.

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4. Anyone with information about tobacco smuggling should contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.

Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.