Police seize bootleg ‘baccy’ worth nearly £50,000 and six vehicles using red diesel in Wisbech

PUBLISHED: 10:54 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 baccy operation worth tens of thousands of pounds in Wisbech.

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

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

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.

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

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