Shops raided - tobacco seized

By Simon Ruppert

A business in Nunn St, Benalla, was raided by Police and Australia Border Force officials on Friday — with a large quantity of tobacco and cash seized.

Officers allegedly found cigarettes and loose tobacco worth thousands of dollars.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Maher said the tobacco was believed to have been illegally imported into the country.

‘‘In conjunction with the Australian Border Force a search warrant was executed on three premises in Benalla, Seymour and Shepparton on Friday,’’ Det Sen Sgt Maher said.

‘‘Investigators located and confiscated a quantity of individual cigarettes, loose tobacco and cash.

‘‘It is alleged the tobacco was smuggled into Australia without tax being paid on it.’’

Police interviewed people from each premises, including a 64-year-old Benalla woman, who will be summonsed to appear in the Benalla Magistrates’ Court in relation to several offences under the customs act and possession of the proceeds of crime.

A Kialla woman, 21, and a Shepparton man, 31, will also face court.