£1.8m stash of raw tobacco found in Preston

Raw tobacco seized during a HMRC illegal tobacco probe spanning Preston, Blackburn, Essex and Bury

Raw tobacco seized during a HMRC illegal tobacco probe spanning Preston, Blackburn, Essex and Bury

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A nationwide illegal tobacco ring has been smashed open following the discovery of a £1.8m stash of eight tons of raw tobacco in Preston.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers say a major tobacco fraud has been foiled, with arrests made in Lancashire, Essex and Bury, Greater Manchester.

The haul in Preston will be burned to help fuel the National Grid.

 

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