Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Four men arrested in 10m cigarette customs inquiry

Cigarettes
Image caption HM Revenue and Customs believes about £2m in revenue was evaded on the cigarettes

Four men have been arrested as part of an inquiry into the seizure of 10 million cigarettes worth about £2.5m.

Customs made the arrests after finding 570,000 cigarettes being unloaded at a farm on the Berkshire-Hampshire border.

Officers believe the discovery, found in a two-day operation, is part of a haul of 10 million cigarettes which have been seized since August.

The arrested men, aged 47, 49, 63 and 71 and from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire, were released on bail.

In the latest operation, seven homes were also raided and about £14,000 in cash, an unlicensed shotgun and several vehicles seized.

HM Revenues and Customs believes about £2m in revenue has been evaded on the cigarettes.

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