Second illegal tobacco crop seized in Yarroweyah

May 15, 2017

Illegal tobacco plantations were seized in Yarroweyah and Euroa last week.

Two more large illegal tobacco plantations have been discovered, in Yarroweyah and Euroa, with a potential value of more than $10 million.

The Australian Taxation Office executed three warrants in the past fortnight, uncovering and destroying illegal crops with a total excise value of $10.36 million.

ATO officers, with assistance from Victoria Police, conducted raids at two properties in Yarroweyah and Euroa last week, uncovering crops spanning a total of 10.1 ha — about seven football fields. 

It’s the second crop seized in the region, after a crop worth $9 million was found on a property near Cobram last month.

The ATO has also seized machinery used to assist in the cultivation and transport of the illicit tobacco and destroyed the two latest crops, rendering them unsaleable.

For more, see Wednesday's edition of the Courier.

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