400,000 smuggled cigarettes seized
A MAN has been arrested after police seized 400,000 smuggled cigarettes from a farm.
The cigarettes worth hundreds of thousands of pounds were discovered last week in a rented building at a property in Cornley Road, Misterton.
It has been calculated that the loss to the Exchequer in the form of unpaid customs duty and VAT is around £103,000.
A 58-year-old man from the Worksop area was arrested and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
Jennie Kendall, spokesperson for HM Revenue and Customs, said: “Tobacco smuggling is a serious crime and one we are determined to disrupt along with our law enforcement colleagues.
“Cheap tobacco products are far from the bargain they may initially appear - often the goods are counterfeit and people may not be aware they are buying from those involved in the network of serious organised crime.
“In addition, the illicit trade has a devastating impact on legitimate traders working hard to make a living.”
Anyone with information should telephone PC Thomas on 101, ext 807 7361.
Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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