Lorry driver jailed for smuggling tobacco into UK

Krzysztof Trznadel, 42, tried to smuggle tobacco into the UK Credit: HM Revenue and Customs

A lorry driver, who smuggled 300 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco into the UK on top of a load of car parts, has been jailed for 10 months.

Krzysztof Trznadel, 42, was arrested by Border Force officers at Dover Eastern Docks on 6th September after boxes containing non-duty paid ‘Turner’ brand tobacco were found in the lorry on top of a legitimate cargo of German car parts.

Credit: HM Revenue & Customs

£62,931 in excise duty was evaded on the tobacco, and the case was referred to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for criminal investigation.

Trznadel pleaded guilty to evading excise duty and was jailed for 10 months.

His Honour Judge Joy said upon sentencing Trznadel – he was ‘motivated by financial gain’, but His Honour would take ‘previous good character’ into account.

Credit: HM Revenue & Customs

Trznadel threw boxes of tobacco on top of the real cargo hoping it wouldn’t be detected. He took a gamble, which didn’t pay off and he’s now in prison."

– Tim Clarke, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC,