The investigation began after ABF officers detected approximately 800 hidden boxes of cigarettes in a sea cargo consignment at Port Botany. The goods had been declared as ‘brake shoe’. A deconstruction of the content of the shipping container revealed almost eight million illicit cigarettes, which had a total Customs duty payable of more than $8 million.
Members of the AFP, NSW Police Force and ABF executed multiple search warrants in the Sydney suburbs of Bankstown, Bass Hill, Cecil Hills and Kemps Creek, seizing two firearms and steroids.
A 32-year-old Bass Hill man was issued with a Court Appearance Notice for his alleged involvement in the importation of the illicit cigarettes. The man is expected to appear in court to face charges for:
- Possess/convey tobacco contrary to subsection 233BABAD(2B) of the Customs Act 1901 (Cth).
ABF Special Investigations Commander Greg Linsdell applauded the multi-agency commitment to targeting and dismantling the illicit tobacco trade and associated criminal activities.
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