HMRC seizes over 800,000 illegal cigarettes in Dundee

A man has been charged after more than 800,000 suspected illicit cigarettes were seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) inside a container at an industrial park in Dundee yesterday (12 May).

A further 31kg of hand-rolled tobacco was also seized, alongside the 824,620 cigarettes.

The goods found in the container are believed to be worth an estimated £378,000 in lost duty and taxes.

A man in his 40s from Dundee was arrested at the scene and interviewed by HMRC officers. He has been charged with Excise Duty fraud and released pending further inquiries.

Joe Hendry, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, 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.”