Following the story earlier this week on the raid on an HGV in Audlem, we now have further official information, as follows, when an HM Revenue & Customs spokesperson said:-
"I can confirm that HM Revenue & Customs investigation teams were active in
Cheshire last week. As regards the Dutch-registered vehicle stopped in the
Audlem area, I can confirm a large seizure of illicit cigarettes was made -
approximately 2.4 million were discovered in the trailer disguised by a
cover load of plastic products. The examination of the load and final
details are not available at present, however, four million cigarettes would
equate to an estimated £400,000 in evaded duty and VAT. One arrest was made
and the man was released without charge later. The vehicle had entered the
UK at Dover on Thursday and had been under surveillance for sometime."
"This is part of our work to disrupt the illegal trade in tobacco products
across the UK. Smokers who think wrongly they are getting a bargain don't
realise that this trade damages honest businesses, costs billions in lost
revenue and lines the pockets of criminals instead of funding public
services. Cigarette smuggling and counterfeiting is an organised crime,
often linked to money laundering and drugs. Members of the public,
newsagents or the off licence trade who know of any suspicious activities
that may be linked to tobacco smuggling are asked to call our 24-hour confidential
hotline 0800 59 5000."
The raid, which was first reported on Audlem Online, has made a real splash in local newspapers with several running it as their front page lead story
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