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Lorry driver jailed for smuggling 600,000 cigarettes into Dover

A lorry driver caught smuggling 600,000 illicit cigarettes into Dover has been jailed for sixteen months after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

Credit: HM Revenue & Customs

Henryk Wawrenczuk, 62, was stopped by Border Force officers at Dover Eastern Docks in January 2017. They found boxes of cigarettes hidden amongst the hardboard flooring carried in the lorry’s trailer unit.

Henryk Wawrenczuk, 62, was stopped by Border Force officers at Dover Credit: HM Revenue & Customs

Wawrenczuk was arrested and the illegal importation, worth £152,205 in evaded tobacco duty, was referred to HMRC for investigation.

Wawrenczuk thought he’d get away with smuggling the cigarettes by using import documents for a load of hardboard flooring. He’s now paying the price for his greed.

HMRC continues to work with Border Force to reduce the availability of illicit tobacco, which costs the UK around £2.4 billion a year, steals from communities and harms the livelihood of legitimate retailers. We have seized more than 3.5 billion illicit cigarettes in the last two years alone, and encourage anyone with information regarding the smuggling, storage or sale of illegal tobacco to contact our Fraud Hotline.”

– Alan Tully, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC