On 11 January 2019, the Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) led investigations which identified a sea cargo container that held about 10 million illegally imported cigarettes. The contents of the container had been declared as “office furniture”.
The illegal cigarettes had a potential duty evaded value of more than AUD $8.5 million.
On receipt of the goods, the man was arrested and charged with tobacco smuggling offences under section 233BABAD of the Customs Act 1901 after accessing the container.
The man pleaded guilty to smuggling tobacco on 4 October 2021, and on 20 April 2022 was sentenced in the Melbourne County Court to three years’ imprisonment with 18 months to serve.
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