99 million cigarettes seized at UK port
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is investigating the single largest seizure of illegal cigarettes ever made at a UK port.
More than 99 million cigarettes, worth around £44 million in unpaid taxes, were seized by Border Force (BF) at the Port of Hull on 1 June 2022.
A BF tobacco detection dog helped uncover the illegal cigarettes which were packed inside eight shipping containers and described
Removal man jailed for cigarette smuggling
Thomas Coulton, 42, has been jailed for two and a half years after an investigation by HMRC. Coulton owns the Heysham, Lancashire-based Tommy’s Removals and Storage company. He smuggled two million counterfeit cigarettes into the UK, evading duty of £615,805.
HMRC fraud squad takes back £1 billion from offenders
More than £1 billion has been recovered from the proceeds of crime and tax offenders since the formation of a specialist HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) fraud squad five years ago. Launched in April 2016, the department’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) has now recovered assets equivalent to funding around 20,000 NHS nurses for an entire year.
£36m cigarette gang caught after encrypted messages cracked
Two men who smuggled 117 million cigarettes into the UK have been jailed for more than 14 years after their encrypted messages were accessed by investigators from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). They were caught using data from Operation Venetic, the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted comms platform EncroChat.
Final gang member jailed in £2.8million fraud
The fifth and final member of a criminal gang has been flown back from Lithuania and jailed for his role in smuggling 8.5 million illegal cigarettes into the UK.
Robertas Borovskis, 41, was extradited to face justice after he and four other men were caught with millions of illegal cigarettes at a Lincolnshire farm in June 2017.
All five men flew to Lithuania to avoid investigation and all f
Tobacco gang kingpin jailed for eight years
The ringleader of a criminal gang that attempted to flood the UK with more than 79 million illegal cigarettes has been jailed for more than eight years.
Unemployed Ary Majeed, of Tennyson Road, Coventry, spearheaded an illegal cigarette and money laundering operation, using a fleet of vehicles and a network of couriers.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) seized millions of cigarettes from Majeed
Father and son jailed for £1.6 million tobacco fraud
A Newcastle father and son, who led a tobacco crime gang that smuggled more than five million illegal cigarettes into the North East, have been jailed.
Runaway tobacco and VAT fraudster jailed
A Buckinghamshire man has been jailed for six years after he illegally imported more than two million cigarettes, stole hundreds of thousands of pounds in VAT and then fled the country to escape punishment.
Fugitive cigarette smuggler behind bars
A fugitive cigarette smuggler is behind bars after more than two years on the run.
Eight million cigarettes seized in cross border operation
Three men have been arrested and eight million suspected illicit cigarettes seized during a Joint Agency Task Force (JATF) operation in Co Armagh.
Jail for trio behind £9.5 million tobacco fraud
Three London men have been jailed after 23 million illegal cigarettes were discovered at four rented industrial units across the south of England.