Illicit cigarette blitz in Fraserburgh and Peterhead

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HMRC have seized over 5,000 suspected illicit cigarettes, more than 3.5kg of hand rolling tobacco and a large quantity of cash in the Buchan area.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with the fraudulent evasion of excise duty and VAT after HMRC Officers raided two residential addresses and a business address in Fraserburgh and a residential address in the Peterhead area last week.

An HMRC spokesperson said: “HMRC Officers will continue to work with law enforcement colleagues to stop and disrupt the distribution and supply of illicit tobacco in the North East and beyond.

“This is a trade that harms communities across Scotland and robs UK public services of over £2bn a year.”

The 32-year-old man was detained in the Fraserburgh area.

The blitz follows on from seizures made in the area earlier in the summer, including a haul of 20,000 suspected illicit cigarettes found by Police Scotland.

The HMRC Spokesperson said: “Anyone who suspects cigarettes or tobacco are being illegally produced, smuggled or sold can help us by calling the Customs hotline on 0800 59 5000.

“If you see something, say something.”