Tobacco worth over £100k seized in Dorset

Tobacco worth over £100k seized in Dorset

Published by George Sharpe at 3:44pm 1st July 2019. (Updated at 3:48pm 1st July 2019)

An operation's to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol has taken place in Dorset.

TOfficers including the Police, customs and trading standards officials visited 95 retail premises and self storage units in the county.

Officers seized 103..85 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco
Officers seized 103..85 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco

The visits, as part of HMRC's Tobacco Taskforce activity, led to suspected illegal tobacco and alcohol products being seized from 15 premises. This included:

  • 205,752 cigarettes, with an estimated £77,157 duty and VAT evaded
  • 103.85 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, with an estimated £31,570 duty and VAT evaded
  • 23.7 litres of alcohol, with an estimated £234.60 duty and VAT evaded

Three vehicles suspected of storing illicit tobacco were also seized.

23.7 litres of alcohol was seized across Dorset
23.7 litres of alcohol was seized across Dorset

Tracey Noon, 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."