Belfast Telegraph

Cash and counterfeit cigarettes seized in Newtownbutler raid

A substantial sum of cash and counterfeit cigarettes have been seized during a raid in Co Fermanagh.

An estimated £46,000 and £30,000 in euro notes were discovered when officers from HM Revenue and Customs searched a property in the Newtownbutler area on Thursday.

They also removed more than 8,000 illicit cigarettes, 10 kilograms of hand rolling tobacco and over 2,000 litres of alcohol worth an estimated £9,500 in evaded tax.

Mike Parkinson, HMRC assistant director, fraud investigation service said: " The trade in illicit alcohol and tobacco is a serious crime and one we are determined to disrupt.

"Criminals are robbing taxpayers of billions each year in unpaid duty and taxes and undercutting legitimate local businesses, who can't compete with these illegal products."

Investigations into the seizures are continuing.

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