A Nottingham man involved in the counterfeit cigarettes trade, have today been sentenced.
Daniel Brown of Nottingham and Darren Stanley from Blackpool were caught with illegal cigarettes in their vans during a covert surveillance operation by HM Revenue and Customs investigators.
Stanley then attempted to escape by driving his vehicle through the front garden of a home. Officers blocked his path but he failed to stop and deliberately rammed his van into the side of a HMRC undercover vehicle, endangering the officer inside.
Brown’s vehicle, a Peugeot van, was full of boxes containing 250,000 counterfeit cigarettes.
Daniel Brown from Arnold, Nottingham, was sentenced to 20 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 120 hours of community work. He was also ordered to pay £425.
A key member of a criminal gang who hoped to make millions of pounds by producing and selling counterfeit tobacco has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Gary Lampon, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said:
"The scale of this fraud was staggering. Klein had a key role in the conspiracy to launch a UK production facility, manufacturing counterfeit tobacco goods by the million. The gang's ambition to progress from importing counterfeit cigarettes to manufacturing them on an industrial scale shows a determined ruthlessness to line their own pockets. They had no regard to the potential harm their criminal activity causes to individuals, communities and legitimate businesses."
– – GARY LAMPON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR HMRC