By Marcus Leach

A man from Glasgow has been charged with revenue offences following the discovery of illegal alcohol in the city last week.

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

HMRC officers raided a container storage yard, an off-licence and a private address on Wednesday and Thursday (7-8 September) and seized 81 pallets of beers, wines and spirits.

It is believed the alcohol, worth more than £250,000, had been diverted back into the domestic market rather than being exported out of the UK.

Two men were detained during the operation, one of whom was subsequently charged with an offence contrary to the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 and will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

“I am unable to give further details at this time as our investigations are continuing," HMRC’s assistant director for criminal investigation John Fitzcharles said.

"However, 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.”

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