Seven million cigarettes smuggling duo jailed.
A Barnsley man and a convicted tobacco fraudster have been jailed after seven million illegal cigarettes were discovered in a storage unit.
Russell King, 56, of The Green, Barnsley, and James Duffy, 48, of Dundalk, Ireland, illegally imported cigarettes into the UK worth £2,001,292 in unpaid duty, an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed.
The plot was masterminded by Duffy, who arranged the smuggling and delivery of the illegal goods. He was handed a six-year prison sentence earlier in the year for his role in another £2 million tobacco smuggling conspiracy.
His right-hand man King was caught red-handed with the cigarettes by HMRC officers at a storage unit on Sandybridge Lane Industrial Estate, Barnsley, in June 2016. Investigators discovered seven million non-UK duty paid cigarettes packed in cardboard boxes.