Cigarette smuggling warning

Students in Cardiff are being warned not to get involved in cigarette smuggling. In the last two weeks, officers have seized 45 parcels of illegal cigarettes destined for student properties in the Cathays area.

Students in Cardiff being used to smuggle cigarettes

by James Crichton-Smith

Students in Cardiff are being used to smuggle cigarettes into the country.

It is thought they are giving their addresses so that smugglers can deliver illegal so-called 'cheap whites' into the UK.

The cigarettes come from China and in the last two weeks more than 40 parcels of them have been seized in Cardiff alone.

Cigarette smuggling 'funds organised crime'

Students in Cardiff are being warned not to get involved in cigarette smuggling after parcels containing non-duty paid foreign brands were seized within the last two weeks.

Kathryn Corcoran from HM Revenue and Customs says smuggling "funds organised crime" and that students who are getting involved are risking getting a criminal record.

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Cardiff students warned about cigarette smuggling

Officers have seized 45 parcels of illegal cigarettes in the last two weeks.

Students in Cardiff are being warned not to get involved in cigarette smuggling.

In the last two weeks, officers have seized 45 parcels of illegal cigarettes destined for student properties in the Cathays area of Cardiff.

Chinese 'cheap whites' - brands such as Nan Jing, Eight and Ten - are not legally sold in the UK.

It's thought smugglers are persuading students to use their addresses for the deliveries.