Six million smuggled cigarettes seized in Australia

Melbourne, Oct 15 (IANS) Nearly six million cigarettes illegally smuggled into Australia’s Melbourne city by a criminal syndicate have been seized, police said.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) officers raided three storage facilities and an assortment of homes in Melbourne’s western suburbs, and discovered almost 10 tonnes of illicit tobacco products, reported Xinhua.

The raids were conducted after a four-month investigation by the ABF.

The smuggling ring, which is believed to have imported the smoking products from the United Arab Emirates in June, stood to avoid $2 million in tax payments if they had gone undetected.

Australia has one of the highest taxes in the world on cigarettes and all other smoke products at 13.7 percent initiated by the government as a mode of discouraging smoking.

Since 2012, Australia has implemented controversial plain-packaging measures which have replaced the traditional, coloured design of cigarette packaging with unappealing images showing the health implications of long-term smoking.

Those convicted of tobacco smuggling in Australia face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here