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Australian Border Force uncovers illicit tobacco crop at Singleton

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 The Australian Border Force has uncovered an illicit tobacco crop at Singleton. 

An investigation over many months resulted in a multi agency operation with the assistance of the Hunter Valley Police District, Rural Crime Prevention Team and the Australian Taxation Office in relation to the illicit crop at Bulga. 

The crop was approximately 7 acres in size with an excise valued to be around $9 million.

A Sydney man was arrested at the scene and taken to Singleton Police Station where he was charged with the manufacture of tobacco.

He's been granted conditional bail to appear in Singleton Local Court next month.

Tobacco crops are often found in regional areas and usually involve the illegal sourcing of water and power which undermines legitimate farmers and the Government's sustainability measures. Tobacco crops also usually have no regard for local biosecurity which can have an adverse effect on water tablelands and neighbouring properties.

If you suspect that illicit tobacco is being grown you can report it anonymously to the illicit tobacco task force through the Australia Taxation Office on 1800 060 062 or by completing a tip off form through the ATO website.

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Image credit: Australian Border Force Facebook page