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AustraliaMan jailed for trying to smuggle millions of cigarettes into Australia

03:25  23 february  2019
03:25  23 february  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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On 13 August 2017, the two syndicate organisers were intercepted trying to leave Australia , both were arrested and charged with organising the import of the six million smuggled cigarettes . A crime syndicate attempted to smuggle more than six million cigarettes into Australia .

Tradesman fined nearly ,000 for trying to smuggle cigarettes into Australia . 'The ABF has the commitment and the means to detect even small A Malaysian man has been sentenced to five years in prison for an attempt to smuggle more than six million cigarettes into Australia , in alleged duty

Man jailed for trying to smuggle millions of cigarettes into Australia© Australian Border Force Australian Border Force said the cigarettes were concealed within sophisticated cover loads.

A Malaysian man has been sentenced to five years in prison for an attempt to smuggle more than six million cigarettes into Australia, in alleged duty evasion of more than $4 million.

Australian Border Force said the cigarettes, which originated from Malaysia, were concealed within sophisticated cover loads.

The smugglers were caught on 10 August 2017, when three Malaysian nationals were found in two factories unpacking the tobacco.

Man jailed for trying to smuggle millions of cigarettes into Australia© Australian Border Force A crime syndicate attempted to smuggle more than six million cigarettes into Australia. All three were subsequently arrested and charged under the Customs Act 1901, with possession of tobacco products, knowing that the goods were imported with the intention of defrauding revenue.

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Last week, a 28-year-old man tried to smuggle nearly 10 million durries into Western Australia . Rod stressed that the illegal importation of tobacco is a global issue, as a lot of the profits made from the illicit sale of cigarettes in Australia —through non-traditional outlets such as pop-up stores—go

The man tried to smuggle 35 cartons and nine packets of cigarettes in July 2017. The 47-year-old flew into Perth from Bali in July 2017 when Australian Border Force (ABF) found the Cigarette prices in Australia are among the most expensive in the world and expected to rise an additional

They were convicted and sentenced to between 16–24 months imprisonment for their involvement in the importations.

On 13 August 2017, the two syndicate organisers were intercepted trying to leave Australia, both were arrested and charged with organising the import of the six million smuggled cigarettes.

On Wednesday, one of the organisers pleaded guilty in the Melbourne County Court and was sentence to five years in prison with a non-parole period of three years.

The ABF said that, following his release from prison, the man "will be removed from Australia".

The second organiser has also pleaded guilty and will face sentencing in April.

In the last financial year, the ABF detected more than 110,000 cases of illicit tobacco at the border including almost 240 million cigarettes and 217 tonnes of tobacco, worth more than $356 million in evaded duty.

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