Nearly 2 million smuggled cigarettes were seized at a self-storage site in Nottinghamshire, England, by HM Revenue and Customs officers, BBC News reported in April. According to a customs spokesman, £50,000 in cash was also found at the site. Officers seized the contraband along with an Audi car on April 25, 2008.
The estimated lost tax dollars on the illegal cigarettes would have totaled more than £325,000. No arrests have been made, but an investigation is under way. Illicit cigarette sales in the United Kingdom cost the government an estimated £3 billion a year in lost revenue. For more information, visit www.bbcnews.co.uk.