Tradie is fined $ 20,000 after busting to smuggle 9,000 cigarettes from Dubai to Australia
- Trader was fined nearly $ 20,000 for smuggling cigarettes to Australia
- The 32-year-old was caught with 45 boxes at Perth International Airport
- He had purchased the product on his return from Europe at the duty-free shop in Dubai
- The man was dragged before the court and sentenced to pay fine and court fees
A trader has to pay nearly $ 20,000 after smuggling cigarette packs to Australia.
The 32-year-old man from Victoria Park tried to sneak 45 boxes of cigarettes through Perth International Airport.
He had returned from a trip through Europe before he bought the cigarettes in a duty-free shop in Dubai during the flight change, WA today reported.
The man had stated on his Incoming Passenger Card that he only brought back the 25 cigarettes allowed in an attempt to prevent him from paying the $ 6200 fee.
A trader has to pay nearly $ 20,000 after smuggling cigarette packs to Australia
Although it was actually found with 9,000 cigarettes.
The Australian Border Guard agents stopped the man at the airport after discovering the large amount.
& # 39; The ABF has the dedication and resources to detect even small amounts of smuggled cigarettes and tobacco, and the consequences for those caught can be very serious & # 39 ;, said the Western Australia Regional Commander, ABD Rod O & # 39 Donnell.
The man was dragged before the judge and pleaded guilty to one count of cigarette smoke, evaded from duties to be paid, and made false or misleading statements to a customs officer.
He was fined and told him to pay court fees – a total of $ 19,574.
The Australian border guard discovered more than 240 million cigarettes and 217 tonnes of tobacco in the past financial year.
From 1 July it will be a requirement for new tobacco import rules that someone who wants to import tobacco also has a license.
The 32-year-old man from Victoria Park tried to sneak 45 boxes of cigarettes through Perth International Airport
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