Glasgow enforcement operation nets illegal tobacco haul

A joint operation between Glasgow trading standards and HM Revenue and Customs has seized 16,500 illegal cigarettes and almost 8lbs of hand rolling tobacco. 10,000 illegal cigarettes were found under a floorboard.

Twelve locations (a mixture of retail premises, licensed premises and markets) were targeted across the city using a trained tobacco detection dog. They also discovered counterfeit goods including clothing, accessories and electrical goods.

Hidden tobacco was found under flooring, behind a toilet cistern and in other locations which would not have been apparent during routine inspection. Since December, more than 180,000 non duty paid cigarettes and 22lbs of hand rolling tobacco have been seized through joint working with HMRC.

Anne-Marie Gordon, assistant director of criminal investigation at HMRC, said: “HMRC officers will continue to work with enforcement colleagues to stop and disrupt the distribution and supply of illicit tobacco. This is a trade that harms communities across Scotland and robs public services of £2bn a year.”

Anyone who suspects cigarettes or tobacco is being illegally produced, smuggled or sold should call the Customs hotline on 0800 59 5000. If you see something, say something.

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