A MAN from Ormskirk was arrested on suspicion of being involved in a £50m tax fraud by an international tobacco smuggling ring.
The 53-year-old was one of 10 people held after HM Revenue and Customs raids last week across the UK and Luxembourg.
The gang is believed to have used microwave ovens and other white goods to smuggle tonnes of illegal tobacco into the UK.
So far, HMRC officers have seized 4,800kg of hand-rolling tobacco worth over £1.5m in evaded duty and large quantities of cash.
The Ormskirk man was arrested on Sunday. All suspects were bailed pending further inquiries.
Mike O’Grady, HMRC assistant director of criminal investigation, said: “Using household appliances as a cover, this gang was on track to evade £50m a year if they succeeded.”