Three people have been jailed in the UK for smuggling more than 20 million illegal cigarettes.
Salford, and Robert McLane and Simon Lee, all from Birmingham, conspired to evade the 6 6 million excise duty on cigarettes.
Lee and Glossop were arrested in May 2018 after investigators from His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs RC saw them loading two million cigarettes onto a lorry in Birmingham’s industrial estate.
Lee was later stopped by police in a lorry on the M6 motorway.
Glossop was arrested in an industrial unit near Fort Dunlop Retail Park in Ardington, where officers discovered about 19 million illegal cigarettes.
The men were jailed after a trial in Birmingham Crown Court.
The court heard that McLean played a key role in the smuggling ring. He was a tenant of the unit and received £ 9,980 in cash in his bank accounts in the months leading up to his arrest.
Glossop, 25, of Parkway Grove, Little Hilton, was sentenced to three years in prison, and McLane, 48, of Rousseau Closer, was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiracy to evade excise duty and money laundering I was found.
Lee, 53, of Sutton Coldfield, Duncamb Klose, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for conspiracy to evade excise duty.
Richard Paris, assistant director of HRMC’s fraud investigation service, said: “These statements should serve as a warning to others involved in the illicit trade in cigarettes and tobacco.
“We are determined to dismantle these networks and we will continue to crack down on illegal cigarettes and crime.”
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