After months of surveillance, the Australian Border Force (ABF) stopped a large tobacco smuggling ring (pictured)

Five men have been arrested and accused on their part in a trade union importing illicit tobacco.

The Australian Border Force (AFB) managed to capture the men after months of surveillance.

The total amount of taxes evaded is estimated at $ 6.7 million, AFB said last night.

After months of surveillance, the Australian Border Force (ABF) stopped a large tobacco smuggling ring (pictured)

After months of surveillance, the Australian Border Force (ABF) stopped a large tobacco smuggling ring (pictured)

Five men were arrested in connection with the multi-billion dollar crime syndicate, operating from southwest Sydney

Five men were arrested in connection with the multi-billion dollar crime syndicate, operating from southwest Sydney

Five men were arrested in connection with the multi-billion dollar crime syndicate, operating from southwest Sydney

The Border Force seized four tons of loose leaf tobacco, more than three million cigarettes and a sea shipment of 340,000 cigarettes.

The evidence gathered during the armed raids led the authorities to a shipping container where the tobacco was hidden.

Of the five men, the investigators allege that three of them were delivery drivers hired by the leaders of the union.

False addresses were placed in packages disguised as toilets and speakers to enter the country.

The five men aged 28, 34, 36, 36 and 61 have been accused of importing or possessing contraband tobacco under the Customs Act of 1901.

It is believed that cigarettes are counterfeit products that are bought for only a few dollars in Asian markets, but are sold in Australia for ten times the price.

The Border Force seized four tons of loose leaf tobacco, more than three million cigarettes and a sea shipment of 340,000 cigarettes.

The Border Force seized four tons of loose leaf tobacco, more than three million cigarettes and a sea shipment of 340,000 cigarettes.

The Border Force seized four tons of loose leaf tobacco, more than three million cigarettes and a sea shipment of 340,000 cigarettes.

The five men have been accused of importing or possessing illegally smuggled tobacco.

The five men have been accused of importing or possessing illegally smuggled tobacco.

The five men have been accused of importing or possessing illegally smuggled tobacco.

ABF's investigative commander, Clinton Sims, said that if the men left with the operation, the profit could finance future crimes.

"We are talking about thousands of packages we have detected in the last 10 months, which contain four tons of loose leaf tobacco and three million cigarettes, which would have defrauded the Commonwealth of millions of dollars of legitimate income," said Commander Sims. .

"The arrest of these people, including delivery drivers, should send a clear message to organized crime groups about ABF's ability to investigate, detect and alter illicit tobacco, anywhere in the supply chain."

Commander Sims urges Australians not to buy illegal cigarettes, as they would be supporting a market dominated by criminal syndicates.

The maximum penalty for tobacco smuggling is ten years in prison or a fine of up to five times the amount of tax evaded.

The maximum penalty for tobacco smuggling is ten years in prison or a fine of up to five times the amount of tax evaded

The maximum penalty for tobacco smuggling is ten years in prison or a fine of up to five times the amount of tax evaded

The maximum penalty for tobacco smuggling is ten years in prison or a fine of up to five times the amount of tax evaded

False addresses were placed on the packages, which claimed to be odorless (in the photo) and speakers to enter the country

False addresses were placed on the packages, which claimed to be odorless (in the photo) and speakers to enter the country

False addresses were placed on the packages, which claimed to be odorless (in the photo) and speakers to enter the country

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