From peanuts to prison for tobacco smuggler
A lorry driver, who smuggled more than one tonne of hand-rolling tobacco into the UK hidden among a load of peanuts, evading £220,000 in duty, has been jailed for 22 months after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
Tax fraudsters sentenced for £46m wine scam
A pair of London fraudsters, who evaded £46.5 million in tax by smuggling wine into the UK, have been sentenced for a total of 17.5 years.
Pallets of pasta cigarette smuggler jailed
A lorry driver caught smuggling 2.6 million cigarettes into the UK hidden among a consignment of dry pasta has been jailed for three years, after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
£15m fraud gang jailed
A criminal gang caught red-handed with bundles of ‘dirty’ cash, part of £15 million made from selling alcohol illegally in the UK, has been jailed for a total of 19 years.
Coach hid stash of illegal tobacco
The driver of a coach and his only passenger have each been jailed for 12 months, after 900 kgs of raw leaf tobacco was found hidden behind a false wall inside a shower in the vehicle they were travelling in.
Illicit tobacco seized in Derby
An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco in Derby uncovered more than 21,000 illegal cigarettes and 19 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco.