Border Force seizes 2 tonnes of tobacco at Dover

Border Force officers have seized more than two tonnes of hand rolling tobacco being smuggled into the UK through Dover on a lorry. Officers stopped an Italian-registered lorry after it arrived from Calais on a ferry on 19th January.

After questioning the Romanian driver, Border Force officers searched the lorry and found the tobacco hidden under the a cargo of cheese. Officials say the haul could have cost the Treasury about £328,000 in unpaid excise duty.

"These detections show that our Border Force officers are on constant alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep illegal goods out of the UK. Anyone who smuggles tobacco for commercial gain is effectively stealing from the public purse and from law-abiding taxpayers. We will continue to work with HM Revenue & Customs to bring smugglers to justice."

– Paul Morgan, Director Border Force South East & Europe