Customs media release
Customs continues crackdown on cigarette smuggling - Thursday, 8th January 2009
Customs continues its crackdown on cigarette smuggling, executing search and seizure warrants today at addresses in Erskineville and Kingsgrove.
Customs investigations began on 6 January 2009 when a sea cargo container from the Philippines was x-rayed at the Container Examination Facility in Sydney. The container was bound for an address in Caringbah and was described as containing 'sporting goods'.
X-ray examinations showed anomalies in the container. The contents of the container were examined and approximately 10 million cigarettes were allegedly found concealed inside.
Customs investigators today executed warrants at residential addresses at Erskineville and one in Kingsgrove.
Investigations are continuing into possible charges for the illegal importation of tobacco products.
Customs National Manager Investigations, Richard Janeczko, urged anyone with information about tobacco smuggling to call the Customs Hotline number on 1800 06 1800.
"The smuggling of tobacco is a serious crime as it defrauds the community of legitimate revenue.
"Smugglers attempt to bring in cigarettes and tobacco that are typically produced in unregulated factories that may not meet hygiene standards and do not contain mandatory health warnings, making the goods a greater risk to the community," Mr Janeczko said.
The maximum penalty for this type of offence is 10 years imprisonment and/or a $275,000 fine.
Customs investigations are continuing.
For further details contact Customs Communication and Media (02) 6275 6793
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