Illegal alcohol seized by HMRC

A MAN from Glasgow has been charged with revenue offences following the discovery of illegal alcohol worth more than £250,000 in the city last week.

During a two day operation officers from HM Revenue & Customs seized thousands of pounds of illegal alcohol and dismantled an alcohol relabeling factory.

HMRC officers raided a container storage yard, an off-licence and a private address on 7 and 8 September, and seized 81 pallets of beers, wines and spirits. It is believed the alcohol had been diverted back into the domestic market rather than being exported out of the UK.  

“These activities send a clear message to those tempted to become involved in crimes of this nature – we take alcohol fraud extremely seriously and will pursue anyone believed to be involved in this type of crime,” said John Fitzcharles, HMRC’s assistant director for criminal investigation.

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