Illegal tobacco

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Monday 15th August 2011

Crackdown on illegal cigarettes in Blackpool

A new operation targeting people who sell counterfeit cigarettes to young people, is under way in Blackpool. ...more

Monday 25th July 2011

12 million smuggled cigs seized in Gateshead

An underworld smuggling network operating on Tyneside has been smashed after the biggest seizure of illegal cigarettes the region has ever seen. ...more

Friday 22nd July 2011

Five arrests in Merseyside linked to tobacco and cash

Two men and three women from Merseyside have been arrested, and cigarettes and tobacco seized, during raids by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officers. ...more

Friday 22nd July 2011

Stockport man smuggles smoke in mirrors

A Stockport man who illegally smuggled a tonne of tobacco into the UK hidden in furniture, mirrors and handicrafts has been sentenced. ...more

Friday 10th June 2011

Ex-train driver denies part in £200,000 international fraud

A FORMER Whitehaven train driver masterminded a £200,000 international fraud by sending illicit drugs and tobacco home to his friends in West Cumbria after emigrating to Thailand, a court has heard. ...more

Wednesday 18th May 2011

HMRC target illegal tobacco across Lancashire and Manchester

More than 37 kilos of illegal tobacco and almost 23,000 non UK duty paid cigarettes have been seized by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in an operation targeting the trade in illegal tobacco across Lancashire and Manchester. ...more

Wednesday 4th May 2011

Game over for Cheshire cigarette smuggler

A Macclesfield man, who hijacked the identity of a company in Wales and illegally imported over 18 million cigarettes in containers claiming they were board games was jailed for three years and eight months. ...more

Tuesday 8th March 2011

Rochdale ‘flowers’ wilt under scrutiny

A market trader from Rochdale, who claimed boxes containing 40kilos of smuggled tobacco were packed with flowers, was sentenced to a suspended jail term and community work at Manchester Crown Court today for trading in illicit tobacco. His accomplice from Humberside was sentenced to 19 months jail. ...more

Monday 4th October 2010

Police find more than they bargain for in pound shop

Police officers in Bolton discover packs of illegal cigarettes and contraband loose tobacco after raiding a busy town centre pound shop. ...more

Saturday 4th September 2010

Welsh ice-cream van sells cigs to kids

Two men have been fined £1,130 for selling cigarettes to kids as young as 11 from their ice-cream van in Pontypool. ...more


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