DAWN raids to catch suspected VAT fraudsters were carried out in a village near Crewe.
Addresses in Weston were targeted by Revenue and Customs officers on Tuesday last week with the aim of catching those responsible for a multi-million pound VAT fraud.
The international operation follows a year-long investigation. Fifty addresses in total across the country were raided, including eight in Cheshire. Overseas raids have also taken place.
Three unidentified people from the county have now been arrested and 16 people nationally.
The arrests are linked to suspected missing trader fraud, a sophisticated organised criminal attack on the EU VAT system, involving large scale trading activity.
More than 300 officers were involved in the investigation and were deployed throughout France, Spain, Germany and the UK.
Euan Stewart, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) deputy director of criminal investigations, said: 'The scale of the problem across Europe is unprecedented, and HMRC has significantly strengthened its response to this serious fraud.
'The fraud may run into hundreds of millions of pounds. We are committed to tackling VAT fraud and to showing the criminals behind it that they are no safe havens.
'We will pursue them, and the money they steal, wherever they operate in the world.'
HMRC estimates that between £2-3 billion was lost last year through missing trader fraud and the goods it is most commonly associated with are mobile phones and computer chips.
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