A $10.36 million haul

ATO executes warrant on an illegal tobacco plantation in Euroa

THE Australian Tax Office, with the assistance of Victoria Police, has executed three warrants on illegal tobacco plantations, including at one property on the Shepparton Road outside of Euroa.

THE Australian Tax Office, with the assistance of Victoria Police, has executed three warrants on illegal tobacco plantations, including at one property on the Shepparton Road outside of Euroa.
An estimated $10.36 million worth of tobacco was taken from the three properties, and the ATO reported finding and destroying a combined total of 25 acres of crop at properties in Yarroweyah, near Cobram, and Euroa.
Officers also destroyed machinery used in the harvest and transport of the crop.
The ATO could not comment as to whether the three properties were linked, as the investigation into the alleged crops was ongoing.
It has been illegal to grow tobacco in Australia for more than a decade, with no licensed tobacco producers growing the crop since 2006.
Currently, there are no licensed commercial tobacco producers or dealers in Australia.
Despite this, a KPMG study and subsequent senate inquiry into illegal tobacco in Australia revealed that the trade in what is known as ‘chop chop’ has been on the rise in recent years.

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