Cigarette crackdown

A variety of cigarette packets

MORE than 800,000 illicit cigarettes were seized by HM Revenue and Customs during a raid in Dundee.

Officers also seized a further 31kg of hand-rolled tobacco during the raid on a container at an industrial park

HMRC valued the total goods found as equivalent to an estimated £378,000 in lost duty and taxes.

A man in his 40s was arrested at the scene and has been charged with Excise Duty fraud. If found guilty, he could face a significant financial penalty or potentially a custodial sentence.

Joe Hendry, assistant director of the fraud investigation service at HMRC, said: “Cheap cigarettes come at a cost, as they often fund organised crime and other illegal activity that causes real harm to our communities. HMRC continues to relentlessly pursue the determined minority who refuse to play by the rules.”