Tobacco smugglers given long jail terms

| December 11, 2012

Five men who were involved in smuggling tobacco into the UK have been jailed for terms of between 18 months and four years and nine months, according to a story by Jane Hunt for the East Anglian Daily Times.

Martyn Levett, prosecuting, told the Ipswich Crown Court that the case concerned the smuggling of tobacco and cigarettes to sell on the black market.

The goods were hidden in cardboard packaging protecting household furniture and handicrafts imported from Indonesia and Thailand.

“Sometimes the contraband was concealed in packaging mocked up to give the appearance of a high-back chair or inside packages shaped as animals such as ducks,” he said.

“These examples show the sophisticated methods employed by the smuggling team.

“Over a two-year period between June 2007 and June 2009, seven of the consignments were intercepted by Customs and were found to contain a total of 3.6m cigarettes and 1.6 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco.

“The duty evaded on the cigarettes was in excess of £500,000.”

Category: Breaking News

Comments are closed.

Sponsor Ad

Sponsor Ad

From the leaf lands

Lebanon suffers leaf losses

Lebanon suffers leaf losses

A survey is to be carried out to determine the extent of losses incurred by tobacco growers in southern Lebanon, where viruses are said to have caused extensive damage.

| May 24, 2018
Universal presents results

Universal presents results

Universal Corporation expects to make higher volume sales from the next tobacco-crop cycle, given that the global market remains stable.

| May 24, 2018
Contracting Burley

Contracting Burley

Tennessee’s Burley crop is expected to fall by 20 percent or more following Alliance One International’s decision not to buy US Burley.

| May 22, 2018
Leaf prices increased

Leaf prices increased

Flue-cured tobacco growers in Zimbabwe will be hoping that the “encouraging” prices being paid for their leaf will stand up for the rest of the season.

| May 22, 2018
Growers up in arms

Growers up in arms

Some tobacco growers in Pakistan are claiming that tobacco manufacturers are exploiting them, and they have vowed to fight back.

| May 22, 2018
Universal results webcast

Universal results webcast

Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer at Universal Corporation, will host a results webcast on May 23.

| May 21, 2018

Sponsor Ad

Sponsor Ad

Web exclusives

Discussing challenges

Discussing challenges

Tobacco growers convene in Indonesia.

| April 2, 2018
The promise of heated tobacco

The promise of heated tobacco

Peter Nixon, PMI’s U.K. and Ireland MD, praises England’s progressive approach to new technologies.

| February 28, 2018
Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

Five days of factory tours, farm visits, recreational activities and many, many cigars.

| February 5, 2018
Farmers concerned

Farmers concerned

The ITGA worries about slumping demand for leaf tobacco and a lack of alternative crops

| November 2, 2017
Their fair share

Their fair share

Tobacco growers deserve better

| November 1, 2017
Lease on life

Lease on life

Industry leaders respond to the FDA’s new attitude toward vapor products.

| October 1, 2017
The Vype Dossier

The Vype Dossier

Proving the reduced-risk potential of an e-cigarette

| October 1, 2017

Sponsor Ad

Sponsor Ad

Sponsor Ad