Two men charged in one million illicit cigarettes seizure in Australia
TWO men have been charged with illegally importing more than one million cigarettes, after police uncovered the tobacco hidden under a thin layer of loose tea, in Melboure, Australia
TWO men have been charged with illegally importing more than one million cigarettes, after police uncovered the tobacco hidden under a thin layer of loose tea, in Melboure, Australia.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) alleged 1.1 million cigarettes were concealed underneath the tea and imported in a series of air cargo consignments falsely labelled 'Black Tea' from the United Arab Emirates.
The AFP said Australian Border Force (ABF) officers uncovered the importation, after intercepting a rental truck near Melbourne Airport.
The alleged contraband was the most recent of a number of consignments, worth more than $10 million in evaded revenue, police said.
The driver and occupant of the truck were charged with importing and possessing tobacco products with the intent of defrauding revenue, reports ABC News.
It is alleged the two used a number of registered business names to import the tobacco to hide their activities.
ABF Acting Commander Special Investigations Colin Drysdale said the discovery would disrupt criminal syndicates' revenue.
'Working closely with our Illicit Tobacco Taskforce partners and our state and federal police colleagues we are having a real impact on the $600-million-a-year illicit tobacco market and stopping evaded revenue being funnelled back into the pockets of organised crime syndicates.'