Man jailed for trying to smuggle millions of cigarettes into Australia.
A Malaysian man has been sentenced to five years in prison for an attempt to smuggle more than six million cigarettes into Australia, in alleged duty evasion of more than $4 million. Australian Border Force said the cigarettes, which originated from Malaysia, were concealed within sophisticated cover loads. The smugglers were caught on 10 August 2017, when three Malaysian nationals were found in two factories unpacking the tobacco. All three were subsequently arrested and charged under the Customs Act 1901, with possession of tobacco products, knowing that the goods were imported with the intention of defrauding revenue. They were convicted and sentenced to between 16–24 months imprisonment for their involvement in the importations.