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British Customs Identifies Self-Storage Unit As Tobacco Smuggling Hotspot


British customs agents found and seized £115,000 (more than $184,400) worth of loose tobacco and other goods last week from a self-storage facility in England's Black Country.

Suspecting a smuggling plot, authorities found 613 kilograms (more than 1,350 pounds) of tobacco, 180,000 cigarettes, 25 boxes of counterfeit tobacco packaging, and eight boxes of counterfeit DVDs and packaging at an unnamed facility in West Bromwich, U.K.

Cigarette brands included Regal, Benson and Hedges, and Lambert and Butler.

No arrests have been made, and investigations continue.


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