Investigation into NSW illicit tobacco syndicate

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Police have raided an illegal tobacco plantation in the state’s central west, as part of a joint investigation with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Last year, police received information that an illegal tobacco crop was being grown on a property in Murga, approximately 55km east of Parkes.

Detectives from the Operation Phobetor, comprising of detectives from the NSW Police Force’s State Crime Command, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), and in consultation with investigators from the ATO and the Australian Border Force (ABF)-led Illicit Tobacco Taskforce, commenced an investigation under Strike Force Naiad and Operation Junglevine 2.

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