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13 sentenced in £8.5m counterfeit tobacco conspiracy

Some of the tobacco seized during the raid at the unit in Dudley
Some of the tobacco seized during the raid at the unit in Dudley
Duncan Tift
Duncan Tift
Deputy Editor, West Midlands

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.Gary Lampon, assistant director of criminal investigat... for the full story register now for free or login below...

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