Officers raid Scottish off licences
HMRC officers raided 49 off licences in Edinburgh and seized 5,641 litres of counterfeit booze.
They confiscated 5,177 litres of beer, 272 litres of wine and 192 litres of beer, and warned retailers across the UK that there would be more raids.
Chris Brett, HMRC’s Alcohol Taskforce manager in Scotland, said: “We are committed to stopping this criminal activity which costs the taxpayer around £1.2 billion in unpaid revenue each year.
"The Edinburgh operation is not a one-off exercise and is part of ongoing work with our partner agencies to combat this crime. We are also keen to work closely with and support local businesses that have to compete against these illegal sales.”
Community Safety Leader, Cllr Cammy Day, added: “The illegal trade of products like alcohol can be used to fund crime and can have a highly detrimental effect on the city’s honest retailers and on people’s health.
"I am very pleased that this initiative has been so successful and I think the amount of products seized demonstrates the need to be vigilant.”