Suffolk

Felixstowe port officers size large cigarette haul

Port officials in Suffolk have seized 150,000 cigarettes which smugglers were trying pass off as insulation material.

The eight boxes of cigarettes arrived at Felixstowe on Thursday and UK Border Agency officers were not convinced paperwork was authentic.

Jin Ling cigarettes, shipped from Latvia, were found hidden under a layer of stones at the top of each box.

"Smugglers would have evaded £35,000 in unpaid excise duty and VAT," Bill Form, from the UK Border Agency, said.

"This is not the first time that this particular modus operandi has been seen at Felixstowe.

"In January this year, officers seized 329,000 Jin Ling cigarettes smuggled in precisely the same fashion."

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