In November 2014, UK Border Force (UKBF) officers stopped and searched a refrigerated lorry driven by Krzysztof Wiktorowicz, 45, at the Eastern Docks in Dover. Inside they found what appeared to be 26 pallets of Ice cream. However, inspection of the load uncovered two pallets containing 403,200 non-UK duty paid cigarettes, worth almost £100,000 in lost duty and taxes.
Alan Tully, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:
"Wiktorowicz thought the cigarettes were well concealed and wouldn’t be discovered - he was wrong - and he is now paying for his crime.
"Tobacco smuggling crime is estimated to cost the UK economy over £2 billion a year - money that should be funding vital public services. In 2015/16 HMRC seized 53 million cigarettes. HMRC will take the profit out of crime and make sure that the money to be made is not worth the risk.
“Don't let criminals profit – anyone with information about people who may be involved can report it by calling our 24-hour Customs hotline on 0800 59 5000."