HMRC arrest six in £22m tobacco smuggling and tax fraud raids
Six men have been arrested in a series of raids by officers investigating a suspected £22m tobacco smuggling and money laundering operation.
Eleven premises in Essex, Derbyshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, London and the West Midlands were raided by HM Revenue and Customs officers earlier.
Four men from Essex were detained, one from Hertfordshire and one from the West Midlands.
Vehicles and paperwork were also seized from the properties.
The premises - both business and residential - were searched simultaneously as part of a "wide-ranging investigation into suspected tobacco excise duty and VAT evasion, and associated money laundering", codenamed Operation Nipper.