Video footage reveals the moment a smuggler realised he was going to be caught after being pulled over in Dover.
Panic can be heard in Thomas Coulton’s voice as he told his companion “these are going to be all over us” in reference to Border Force officials who stopped him after arriving in the county on a ferry from France.
He had been attempting to smuggle two million cigarettes into the country – which would have evaded duty totalling £615,805.He has now been jailed for two-and-a-half years following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Coulton, from Morecambe in Lancaster, owned Heysham-based Tommy’s Removals and Storage company and had travelled to Brittany in France with his employee Reece Fox, 20, to collect the contents of a house move.
But they had taken a detour to Tamines, in Belgium on their return to the UK to pick up the cigarettes, an investigation found.They were stopped by Border Force at the Port of Dover’s Eastern Docks on February 27, 2019 after disembarking a ferry.Lear More
Special police staff bust racket of smuggling cigarettes from Dubai, arrest one person, seize cigarettes worth Rs 20 lakh
New Delhi [India], February 23 (ANI): Special police staff of the Central district on Wednesday busted a racket of smuggling cigarettes from Dubai, arrested an accused and seized 2,040 packets of cigarettes worth Rs 20 lakh.
The accused was identified as Faizan, 36, son of Intakhab Mirza , resident of Farashkhana, Delhi.
Police had received a tip off on February 22 that a person involved in the smuggling of imported cigarettes will come to the Bus Stand Minto Road, Delhi. At about 6:40 am, acting upon the secret information, a team of special staff apprehended Faizan from the Bus Stand, Minto Road and seized 2,040 packets of cigarettes from his possession. Preliminary enquiry revealed that the cigarettes were illegally smuggled from Dubai.
Police registered an FIR under section 7/20 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Product Act 2003 at PS Kamla Market, Delhi.Lear More
A team of officials of the Food Safety Department on Monday raided a godown at Pulianthope and seized nearly 24,000 bottles of branded soft drinks that had expired in 2020 and 2021 but were being distributed to shops and TASMAC bars. The raid led the team to a soft drink manufacturing unit in Perambur which had violated manufacturing protocols.
- Satheesh Kumar, designated officer, Food Safety Department, Chennai, who led the four-member team, said based on information that expired beverages were stocked and supplied from the godown, they raided the facility being operated on the erstwhile Binny Mills premises in Pulianthope.
“We found 24,315 bottles of branded soft drinks that had crossed the expiry dates. Some bottles had expiry dates in 2020, while the majority had expired in 2021. They had mixed and kept some bottles that had not crossed the expiry date. This godown is one of the main distribution units,” he said.
“On inquiry, we obtained information that more than to shops, these expired beverages were supplied to TASMAC bars,” he said.Lear More
The Customs department has arrested two persons from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here for smuggling foreign origin cigarettes valued at Rs 9,54,000 and gold worth Rs 12 lakh.
According to a senior official, the accused, both Indian nationals, reached Terminal 3 from Sharjah on February 17 and were intercepted for their suspicious behaviour.
“The personal and baggage search of both the passengers resulted in the recovery of 636 foreign origin cigarettes and gold valued at Rs 9.54 lakh and Rs 12.20 lakh, respectively. The gold was concealed in their undergarments in liquid form,” officials said.
The said gold and cigarettes were seized under Section 110 of the Customs Act and the accused were arrested under Section 104 of the Act.
After being produced beore the court, the duo was remanded to judicial custody.Lear More
Officials recovered the sticks from the passenger’s bag.Lear More
The police have unearthed a factory manufacturing and selling counterfeit products of popular household items like Harpic toilet cleaner, Dettol soap and Tata salt among others.
Two persons were arrested in this connection, the police said. They have been identified as factory manager Vicky and salesman Joginder. They will be produced in a local court tomorrow.
Inspector Lalit Kumar, SHO, Chandimandir police station, said they had received a complaint in this regard. Acting on it, they conducted a raid at the factory in Beer Ghaggar village in Chandimandir today.
Finished goods and raw material in large quantities were recovered from the factory, he said, adding that two people were arrested at the spot.
Among the counterfeit items recovered were 182 empty wrappers and 374 filled packets of Tata salt, 180 empty and 525 filled bottles of Harpic toilet cleaner, 500 Dettol soaps and 300 empty and 177 filled bottles of Dabur rose water.Lear More
MUMBAI: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has arrested a key accused in the smuggling of imported cigarettes worth Rs 12 crore by mis-declaring them as dates.Lear More
PARADIP: A fake mosquito repellent incense stick manufacturing unit here at Tarinigada was busted and its owner Rabindra Nayak of Tarashai village arrested by local police on Saturday.
The action was initiated basing a complaint filed by Bangalore-based Sleep Well Mosquito Repellent company that alleged that the local unit was using its fake logos and stickers to manufacture substandard repellent and selling in the market.
The company officials on getting information, visited Paradip and found that the unit was using its logos and manufacturing repellents without permission. They also found that the unit was not approved by Central Insecticide Board which is mandatory under the Central government’s regulations on production of any household insecticide product.
Soon, the officials lodged a complaint with Paradip Model police after which a team led by IIC Subhalaxmi Pujari along with a Bengaluru-based investigation team raided the unit and seized 250 sealed mosquito repellent incense stick packets and a pick-up van and 100 litre chemicals. While Rabindra was arrested from the spot, Bikash, his son, managed to flee.Lear More
PUNE: Attempts to smuggle gold continues at the city airport despite scheduled international flight operations remaining suspended because of Omicron infections.
Pune customs officers on February 7 arrested a flyer for attempting to smuggle 708 grams of gold bars and pieces, collectively worth Rs34. 81 lakh, on a special international flight operating at present. He had concealed the gold in his shoes, the customs authorities said on Friday.
“The arrest was made based on a tip-off from officers of the air intelligence unit of the Pune customs. On interrogation, the passenger confessed that he had travelled from Dubai to Ahmedabad in an international flight, concealed the gold in the aircraft, and then retrieved it when he was travelling from Ahmedabad to Pune in the same aircraft. The passenger was arrested under the provisions of the Customs Act for his attempt to smuggle gold into the country,” a customs official said.
Scheduled international flight operations were to start from India from December 15 last year but was postponed after the emergence of the Omicron variant. At present, the Pune airport has a SpiceJet’s international flight flying to Sharjah thrice a week. Before the pandemic, the airport had two flights to Dubai — one operated by SpiceJet and the other by Air India Express.Lear More
Assam Rifles foiled a cross border smuggling in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district on Friday, and seized illegal goods worth Rs 16.9 lakh.
The official statement of Assam Rifles read: “During a border domination patrol, troops of Assam Rifles uncovered a large number of packages concealed in thick foliage in the forest near Kwatha village. On thorough search of the packages, illegal goods including foreign cigarettes, cosmetic items and betel nuts were recovered. The smuggled items are assessed to be worth Rs 16.9 lakh.”
The recovered items have been handed over to Custom Preventive Force, they said.Lear More