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Police seize bootleg tobacco worth nearly £50,000 and six vehicles using red diesel

PUBLISHED: 10:17 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:16 14 February 2018

Some of the counterfeit tobacco seized by officers. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Some of the counterfeit tobacco seized by officers. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

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Police have smashed a bootleg tobacco operation worth tens of thousands.

Seized - vehicles are loaded up to be taken away after they were found to be using red diesel. Picture: Norfolk ConstabularySeized - vehicles are loaded up to be taken away after they were found to be using red diesel. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Officers found 850 packets of illegal tobacco, with a street value of £17,000 when they pulled over a vehicle using false plates in the Wisbech area.

When they tested the vehicle, they found that it was illegally using red diesel.

Further searches at the driver’s home address revealed illegal tobacco products valued at a further £32,000.

Five vehicles at the property were also using red diesel. All were seized, along with four containers of the fuel.

Bootleg tobacco seized in the operation. Picture: Norfolk ConstabularyBootleg tobacco seized in the operation. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Red diesel is cheaper than forecourt prices, because it carries a far lower rate of duty.

The fuel can only legally be used in tractors and agricultural vehicles.

Officers say the investigation is still ongoing. A man in his 30s was arrested and has now released pending further enquires.

Police have seized illegal tobacco products woth almost £50,000. Picture: Norfolk ConstabularyPolice have seized illegal tobacco products woth almost £50,000. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

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