Coventry & Warwickshire

Smuggled alcohol worth £1m seized in Coventry

Alcohol seized in Coventry
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Customs officers have seized a haul of smuggled alcohol, worth more than a million pounds, in Coventry.

Almost 63,000 litres of beer, 91,300 litres of vodka and over 12,130 litres of wine were found in an industrial unit on Tuesday.

It is estimated the people behind the haul would have evaded more than £1m in unpaid duty tax.

No arrests have currently been made, but investigations are on-going pending potential criminal proceedings.

Adrian Farley, assistant director of criminal investigation for HM Revenue & Customs, said: "We have active and effective teams operating across the West Midlands to deter and disrupt those dealing in illicit alcohol.

"We will seize the goods and individuals may face criminal prosecution. This illegal trade has a devastating effect on legitimate retailers having to compete with black market traders."

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