One million illegal cigarettes found in storage units in Sheffield

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One million illegal cigarettes have been seized after they were found hidden in storage units in Sheffield.

HM Revenue and Customs officers discovered 1,180,000 cigarettes at a self-storage site in the city on Monday.

Cigarettes found in a storage unit in Sheffield

Cigarettes found in a storage unit in Sheffield

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The goods, which are believed to be illicit and worth an estimated £423,620 in unpaid duty, were found in three storage containers.

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One of the units contained more than 600,000 cigarettes packed in cardboard boxes.

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Cigarettes found in Sheffield

Cigarettes found in Sheffield

Eden Noblett, Assistant Director of HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, said:

“Trade in illicit tobacco costs the UK around £2.5 billion a year, money which should be used to fund our vital public services.

“This is theft from the taxpayer and undermines legitimate traders.

“We encourage anyone with information regarding the smuggling, storage or sale of illegal tobacco to report it to HMRC online, or contact our Fraud Hotline.”

HMRC officers seized these illicit cigarettes

HMRC officers seized these illicit cigarettes

No arrests have yet been made over the haul.

Call the Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.

Cigarettes were found hidden in storage units in Sheffield

Cigarettes were found hidden in storage units in Sheffield

Illicit cigarettes

Illicit cigarettes