Blackburn home raided as £5m tobacco fraud foiled

This Is Lancashire: Blackburn home raided as £5m tobacco fraud foiled Blackburn home raided as £5m tobacco fraud foiled

A SUSPECTED £5million illegal tobacco fraud has been foiled, according to government officials.

It comes as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs raided a home in Blackburn.

Two men, aged 41 and 29, were arrested on suspicion of taking steps to evade excise duty. They have been released on bail until July 2.

Officers from the HMRC also raided a farm in Essex, as well as four premises near Bury.

During the searches in the three areas, they seized cash, chemical agents, counterfeit packaging and tobacco packing machinery.

A tobacco processing plant was searched in Essex and more than three tonnes of raw tobacco, which was in the process of being converted into counterfeit hand rolling tobacco, was seized from an industrial unit in the Bury area.The estimated loss to the Exchequer is around £5million in unpaid duty and VAT.

An HMRC spokesman said the link between the men from across the country was forming part of the investigation.

Sandra Smith, assistant director in the criminal investigation department, said: “It is clear from the chemicals and machinery we found that people were planning to produce and sell illegal tobacco products across the UK.

“Illicit tobacco factories hidden in our communities are packaging low quality tobacco and I’d urge people to be wary.

“Cheap tobacco may seem like a bargain, but there are no controls over what is mixed into the counterfeit product and by buying it smokers are funding international organised crime gangs.

“Anyone with information about the transport, storage or sale of cheap cigarettes or tobacco in the North West or further afield, can help us by calling the customs hotline.”

Anyone with information should call 0800 595000.

All the tobacco seized will be burned to fuel the National Grid.

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1:38pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Rumpole says...

"by buying it smokers are funding international organised crime gangs."

So, do we buy cheap tobacco and fund organised crime gangs? or do we buy legitimate tobacco and fund organised crime gangs?

Tough decision!
"by buying it smokers are funding international organised crime gangs." So, do we buy cheap tobacco and fund organised crime gangs? or do we buy legitimate tobacco and fund organised crime gangs? Tough decision! Rumpole
  • Score: 32

3:20pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Bad News Barrett says...

Rumpole wrote:
"by buying it smokers are funding international organised crime gangs."

So, do we buy cheap tobacco and fund organised crime gangs? or do we buy legitimate tobacco and fund organised crime gangs?

Tough decision!
lol you got it spot on
one gang is upset cause another is dealing on their turf without permission
[quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: "by buying it smokers are funding international organised crime gangs." So, do we buy cheap tobacco and fund organised crime gangs? or do we buy legitimate tobacco and fund organised crime gangs? Tough decision![/p][/quote]lol you got it spot on one gang is upset cause another is dealing on their turf without permission Bad News Barrett
  • Score: 13

3:22pm Mon 28 Apr 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Rumpole wrote:
"by buying it smokers are funding international organised crime gangs.we buy cheap tobacco till the Gov reduces taxation keep on smuggling boys
[quote][p][bold]Rumpole[/bold] wrote: "by buying it smokers are funding international organised crime gangs.we buy cheap tobacco till the Gov reduces taxation keep on smuggling boys ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Mon 28 Apr 14

mavrick says...

Just tell them your name is Bernie and you can do a secret deal.
Just tell them your name is Bernie and you can do a secret deal. mavrick
  • Score: 5

5:02pm Mon 28 Apr 14

woolywords says...

http://www.youtube.c
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Says it all, really..
http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=hS2ShTD3_ 8E Says it all, really.. woolywords
  • Score: 1

7:27pm Mon 28 Apr 14

over-worked says...

Illegal tobacco may save a few quid but it's more harmful and often contains many poisonous additions there is a higher percentage of throat cancer amongst people who smoke black market tobacco. There is also a difference between cigs brought in from EU countries and the dodgy home made variety these scum bags were making.
Illegal tobacco may save a few quid but it's more harmful and often contains many poisonous additions there is a higher percentage of throat cancer amongst people who smoke black market tobacco. There is also a difference between cigs brought in from EU countries and the dodgy home made variety these scum bags were making. over-worked
  • Score: 7

9:20pm Mon 28 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

This is what happens when you try to bring in prohibition. Will we never learn?

And I like how they were raided for defrauding HMRC, not for defrauding the tobacco companies.
This is what happens when you try to bring in prohibition. Will we never learn? And I like how they were raided for defrauding HMRC, not for defrauding the tobacco companies. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 2

11:02pm Mon 28 Apr 14

zabby says...

Simple slash tax on tobacco,less of two evils ,,,non smoker
Simple slash tax on tobacco,less of two evils ,,,non smoker zabby
  • Score: 4

6:16am Tue 29 Apr 14

darwenTower says...

BuckoTheMoose wrote:
This is what happens when you try to bring in prohibition. Will we never learn?

And I like how they were raided for defrauding HMRC, not for defrauding the tobacco companies.
Or defrauding the consumer!
[quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: This is what happens when you try to bring in prohibition. Will we never learn? And I like how they were raided for defrauding HMRC, not for defrauding the tobacco companies.[/p][/quote]Or defrauding the consumer! darwenTower
  • Score: 5

7:08am Tue 29 Apr 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

darwenTower wrote:
BuckoTheMoose wrote:
This is what happens when you try to bring in prohibition. Will we never learn?

And I like how they were raided for defrauding HMRC, not for defrauding the tobacco companies.
Or defrauding the consumer!
Heh! That too. When I buy off white van man I make sure it's genuine stuff brought from EU, not fake stuff.
[quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BuckoTheMoose[/bold] wrote: This is what happens when you try to bring in prohibition. Will we never learn? And I like how they were raided for defrauding HMRC, not for defrauding the tobacco companies.[/p][/quote]Or defrauding the consumer![/p][/quote]Heh! That too. When I buy off white van man I make sure it's genuine stuff brought from EU, not fake stuff. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 1

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