HMRC seize 169,000 litres of illicit alcohol in 'record' Cardiff raid

A man from Cardiff has been arrested after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) seized more than 169,000 litres of illicit alcohol, in what is described as the largest ever seizure of its kind in Wales.

Officers made the find in a raid on an industrial unit in a business park in Cardiff on Tuesday.

The alcohol was found loaded onto pallets, which a spokesperson said indicated it was ready for distribution.

The alcohol was loaded onto pallets Credit: HMRC

The wine, beer and spirits are believed to be worth £303,000 in lost duty and taxes.

This seizure has prevented nearly 170,000 litres of illicit alcohol entering the legitimate market, helping to protect honest businesses whose livelihoods are threatened by this unregulated activity.

We are committed to stopping this criminal activity that costs the taxpayer around £1.2 billion in unpaid revenue each year and I would urge anyone with any information on the sale of illegal alcohol to contact us on the Customs’ Hotline on 0800 59 5000.

– Colin Spinks, HMRC
More than 169,000 litres of alcohol were discovered Credit: HMRC

The man has been released on bail while investigations continue.