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Six arrested in suspected £22m tobacco fraud investigation

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Six arrested in suspected £22m tobacco fraud investigation

Six men have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected £22 million tobacco smuggling, tax evasion and money laundering fraud.

Officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), carried out simultaneous searches of 11 premises in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, London and the West Midlands this morning, in an investigation codenamed Operation Nipper.

Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“This is a wide ranging investigation into suspected tobacco excise duty and VAT evasion, and associated money laundering.

“The smuggling, transport, storage, or sale of illegal tobacco will not be tolerated by HMRC. Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco market, which costs UK taxpayers around £2.1 billion a year.

“We encourage anyone with information about suspicious tobacco or cigarette products to contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

During the operation a number of vehicles and paperwork were seized.

Notes to Editors

 

1. Details of the arrests made in this operation:

- Four men from Essex aged 36, 40, 43 and 44

- One man from Hertfordshire age 34

- One man from West Midlands aged 68

2. Details of searches made today:

- Two residential addresses in Essex

- One residential address in Cambridgeshire

- One business address in Derbyshire

- Two residential addresses in Hertfordshire

- One business address in London

- One business and three domestic addresses in West Midlands

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