A Derbyshire man, who was caught red-handed unloading more than eight million cigarettes from a shipping container that was supposed to be carrying tables and chairs, has been jailed for four years.
Two men have been jailed after they were caught red-handed using a Hampshire barn to store more than 2.7 million smuggled cigarettes, evading around £660,000 in excise duty.
An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Luton has uncovered more than 33,000 illegal cigarettes, 27 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 524 litres of alcohol.
Christmas shoppers looking for bargains overseas have been warned not to get hit by unexpected charges, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cautioned today.
A garlic smuggler has been jailed for six years after evading around £2 million in customs duty while importing Chinese garlic.
A freight distribution manager who hid over 14 million cigarettes in refrigerated lorries carrying fruit and vegetables, to evade an estimated £2.5 million in duty and VAT, has been jailed.