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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Over 1.6 million cigarettes seized in raid in Bradford city centre

HMRC officers have seized over 1.6 million cigarettes and 50 kilos of rolling tobacco in a storage unit in the city centre.

More than 1.6 million cigarettes have been seized from self-storage units in Bradford.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers, with a tobacco detection dog, visited a self-storage site near the city centre on 26 January 2022.

Officers discovered 1,666,520 cigarettes and almost 50 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, inside two units at the storage site.

Officers discovered 1,666,520 cigarettes and almost 50 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco in two storage units in the city centre.

The tobacco products, which are believed to be illicit and worth an estimated £661,229 in unpaid duty, were seized by HMRC and investigations are ongoing. No arrests were made.

Joanne Bagnall, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “The sale of illegal tobacco will not be tolerated by us or our partner agencies.

“Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clamp down on the illicit tobacco market, which costs the UK around £2.3 billion a year. This is theft from the taxpayer and undermines legitimate traders.

“Cheap cigarettes come at a cost, as they often fund organised crime and other illegal activity that causes real harm to our communities. We encourage anyone with information about the illegal sale of tobacco to report it online.”

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