FIOD investigators searched a residential premises and two business addresses in Etten Leur and Rotterdam. In co-ordinated activity HMRC officers, supported by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), searched three residential properties and a commercial premises in Co. Armagh and a commercial property in Co. Tyrone.
30kgs of hand rolling tobacco (HRT), 50,000 cigarettes, all believed to be illicit, computers and more than €317,000 in cash were seized during the operations in Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.
Steve Tracey, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:
“Money laundering facilitates organised crime, and it’s something HMRC takes very seriously. We use a wide range of tough sanctions and will not hesitate to investigate where money laundering is suspected. Co-operation with our partners across the UK, Ireland and overseas is essential if we are to tackle this fraud effectively.
“Anyone with information on money laundering or tax fraud can contact our 24-hour Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”
FIOD investigators arrested the three men yesterday (Thursday 15 December) in the Netherlands. They were interviewed and remain in custody. Investigations into the frauds are ongoing.