Five arrested over 4.5 tonne illegal tobacco seizure

Police have arrested five people after a two-year operation targeting the unlawful cultivation and sale of illegal tobacco in the Logan and South Brisbane districts.

As part of Operation Romeo Serge, detectives from the Logan District Criminal Investigation Branch, together with officers from the Australian Taxation Office and Queensland Health, executed 12 search warrants at addresses in Beenleigh, Springwood, Slacks Creek, Rochedale South, Logan Central, Marsden, Waterford and Heritage Park yesterday.

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“It will be alleged that during these raids, officers uncovered 4.5 tonnes of tobacco, $900,000 in cash, 114,732 packets of cigarettes and 150,000 vapes containing nicotine with five people taken into custody and more arrests expected to be made,” Queensland Police said in a statement today.

“Based on the seizure, it is estimated $10.42 million dollars in excise has been avoided and the seized tobacco has a street value of 24 million dollars.” CONTINNUE READING…

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