13 sentenced in £8.5m counterfeit tobacco conspiracy

A 13-STRONG criminal gang have been sentenced for plotting to steal £8.5m of taxpayers’ money in a counterfeit tobacco manufacturing conspiracy based out of the West Midlands.

The ten men and three women, led by Phillip Hall, imported raw leaf tobacco as well as tobacco cutting and shredding machines. They set up tobacco manufacturing plants across the West Midlands to produce counterfeit hand rolling tobacco using the name of a well known brand on sale across the UK.

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