Australian Border Force officers arrest two Chinese nationals over seizure of 1.3 million allegedly illegally imported cigarettes
Authorities have seized more than 1.3 million allegedly illegally imported cigarettes concealed inside boxes marked “outdoor furniture”.
Australian Border Force officers arrested two Chinese nationals over the haul and allege they attempted to avoid more than $1 million in duty tax. Officers intercepted the men collecting the shipment at the Adelaide Container Examination Facility. The total duty tax allegedly evaded on the tobacco is $1,013,127.
Officers arrested a 36-year-old man on a bridging visa and a 34-year-old man on a resident return visa. Both men live in New South Wales. Police also found ammunition and a ballistic vest during a search of a linked property at Hendon, in Adelaide’s north west.