Tobacco smugglers jailed over ports plot

Two men who ran an international smuggling operation to bring in 11 million illegal cigarettes have been jailed for a total of almost 20 years.

Gary Woodroof, 51, and Daniel Parman, 49, both of Essex, were caught following a HM Revenue & Customs operation which uncovered a number of hauls, including 1.9 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco which was smuggled into Immingham in bags of charcoal from South Africa.

The operation found the pair had illegally brought 11 million cigarettes, 5 tonnes of hand-rolling tobacco and thousands of litres of wine into the UK through various ports – avoiding £6-million in duty.

On sentencing the men, His Honour Judge Peter Fenn said: “This was highly and professionally organised smuggling using a variety of methods and routes.”

Woodroof was jailed for nine-and-a-half years while Parman was jailed for 10 years.

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