South Scotland

Tobacco haul found inside sandals

Tobacco in sandals
Image caption Some of the tobacco was found concealed inside boxes of sandals

HM Revenue and Customs officers have seized counterfeit tobacco worth more than £100,000 in the south of Scotland.

The operation, involving Dumfries and Galloway traffic police, was carried out on the A74(M) at about 0045 BST on Friday.

A van was stopped containing more than half a tonne of smuggled tobacco - some concealed inside sandals which had been brought into the country from China.

The HMRC said the driver had been detained and inquiries were ongoing.

A spokesman said the operation was part of ongoing "disruption tactics" against organised Chinese criminal gangs involved in the import, processing and packaging of counterfeit hand-rolling tobacco.

The van was found to contain 50 boxes of tobacco along with a large amount of counterfeit packaging.

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