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Published on September 13th, 2011 | by Dean Carr


Illegal alcohol factory raided in Glasgow

A Glasgow man has been charged with evasion of duty following the discovery of an illegal alcohol factory in the city last week.

Officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) seized thousands of pounds of illegal alcohol and dismantled an alcohol relabeling factory after a two-day operation.

HMRC officers raided a container storage yard, an off-licence and a private address on Wednesday and Thursday and seized 81 pallets of beer, wine and spirits.

The alcohol is worth more than £250,000.

Two men were detained during the customs raid. One of them was subsequently charged with an offence contrary to the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

HMRC’s assistant director for criminal investigation John Fitzcharles said: “These activities send a clear message to those tempted to become involved in crimes of this nature – we take alcohol fraud extremely seriously and will pursue anyone believed to be involved in this type of crime.”

Source : Scottish TV

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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