$84.3 million in illegal tobacco seized along the NSW and VIC border
The Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF), a multi-agency Taskforce led by the Australian Border Force (ABF), has undertaken a two-day blitz disrupting three illicit tobacco growing operations across regional Victoria and New South Wales, with seizures taking place in Kyalite (NSW), Beverford and Vinifera (VIC).
Officers uncovered over 100 acres of illicit tobacco with a total combined potential excise value of more than $84 million.
On March 3rd, ATO officers and Victoria Police located over 29 acres of the illicit crop at Beverford, seizing and destroying 183 tonnes of illicit tobacco crops and 140kg of processed tobacco bales, estimated at a value of over $36 million.
At Kyalite, 65 acres of the crop was discovered, with over 183 tonnes of the crop destroyed by authorities.
A day later on March 4th, the ATO and Victoria Police attended a property in Vinifera where they located approximately 13 acres of illicit tobacco crops with a potential excise value of $12 million.
Over 60.7 tonnes of illicit tobacco was seized and destroyed.