‘Largest ever’ haul of illicit alcohol seized

21st March, 2014 by Lauren Eads

More than 169,000 litres of illicit alcohol has been seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in what is believed to be the largest ever haul in Wales.

h8yuhsamecu494dnr5wr A man from Cardiff has been arrested following a raid at an industrial business park in Cardiff on Tuesday, 18 March.

Officers discovered enough wine, beer and spirits to fill more than eight 40ft containers worth an estimated £400,000 representing £303,000 in lost duty and taxes.

Officers suspect the alcohol, which was packed onto pallets, was ready to be distributed throughout South Wales.

Colin Spinks, assistant director of Criminal Investigation at HMRC, said: “This seizure has prevented nearly 170,000 litres of illicit alcohol entering the legitimate market, helping to protect honest businesses whose livelihoods are threatened by this unregulated activity.

“We are committed to stopping this criminal activity that costs the taxpayer around £1.2 billion in unpaid revenue each year and I would urge anyone with any information on the sale of illegal alcohol to contact us on the Customs’ Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

The man has been released on bail and investigations are continuing.

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