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
Jailed pensioner who trafficked fighter jet parts to Iran ordered to pay £700k
A jailed pensioner who trafficked fighter jet parts to Iran in shipments he claimed were goggles, wheelbarrows and gloves, has been ordered to pay back £700,000.
Retired company boss Alexander George, 80, of Long Ashton, Bristol, was jailed in 2018 for shipping military items to Iran, including MiG 29 and US F4 Phantom parts, following an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
HMRC returns looted ancient statue to Libya
A 2,500-year-old statue that was smuggled into the UK and seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been returned to the Libyan Government.
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.
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.
Grape plot squashed as tobacco smuggler jailed
A lorry driver has been jailed for four years and eight months after smuggling eight million cigarettes into the UK disguised as grapes.
Fugitive cigarette fraudster behind bars
A man who went on the run before being convicted of a £579,000 illegal cigarette scam, is today behind bars after he was caught in Poland.
Toy train tobacco fraudsters sentenced
Three members of the same Berkshire family have been sentenced after 2.5 million illicit cigarettes were smuggled into the UK – sometimes hidden in toy train set boxes.
Gang that flooded Kent with illegal cigarettes jailed for more than 16 years
A gang of nine men who flooded Kent with millions of illegal cigarettes and sold them for just £3 a pack in shops have been jailed for a total of 16 years and nine months.
Ringleader of cigarette smuggling gang jailed
The ringleader of a smuggling gang caught with more than nine million illegal cigarettes and £356,185 in cash has been jailed.
Cigarettes caught in the wash land lorry driver in jail
A lorry driver who smuggled five million cigarettes inside washing machines into the UK has been jailed for two years and eight months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Golfing tobacco smuggler below par after jail sentence
A jobless Londoner who enjoyed a sociable lifestyle of golf and exotic holidays by dodging tax on smuggled tobacco has been jailed.