Smuggled tobacco seized in Dover docks

Border officers have seized five tonnes of tobacco being smuggled into the UK through Dover's Eastern Docks.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) said the hand-rolling tobacco had been professionally shrink-wrapped and hidden in electrical materials.

A man was arrested and later released without charge. The case has been passed to HM Revenue and Customs.

The lorry was stopped by officers at the inward freight controls, and the vehicle and trailer searched.

The agency's assistant director in Dover, Paul Booth, said tobacco smuggling was often linked to organised crime.

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