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Nine Million Cigarettes Seized At Felixstowe
Officers discovered the cigarettes shortly before 1pm on Wednesday (17 April) when they searched a container that had arrived at the port from Malaysia.
The smugglers had made no attempt to conceal the cigarettes other than a false manifest which listed the container as carrying plastic containers.
Had the smuggling attempt been successful it could have the cost the Treasury about £2 million in unpaid excise duty.
Charlotte Mann, Assistant Director from Border Force at Felixstowe, said: “You would struggle to find a more brazen smuggling attempt. The container was full of cigarettes, which were stacked floor to ceiling throughout.
“Seizures like this demonstrate how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight against a criminal industry that is worth big money to those involved.”
Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.
They use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners - as well as visual searches - to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling can call the smuggling hotline on 0800 59 5000.
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