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Gang jailed for smuggling millions of cigarettes into UK had a Nottingham base

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Members of a gang which smuggled almost five million cigarettes and 329kg of tobacco into the UK including Nottingham without paying tax of more than £1.2million have been jailed.

The 11 defendants went to locations around Nottingham, Leicester, Bolton and Doncaster to store and deliver foreign cigarettes where tax had not been paid.

Between May 2015 and October 2016, the defendants were in possession of 4,716,340 untaxed cigarettes and 329kg of untaxed tobacco.

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As well as avoiding £1,230,761 in tax, the group were found to have almost £58,000 in cash when they were arrested.

Michelle Rhodes, from the CPS, said:

“These defendants ran a complicated operation to bring cigarettes into the country, avoiding tax, before selling them on for personal gain.

“The prosecution guided the jury through a large amount of paper based evidence including how the defendants were linked by calls and texts on their phones and ANPR number plate data on their vehicles.

“The CPS also showed evidence including photos and videos of the defendants handling boxes of cigarettes and tobacco over a number of months before their arrests.”

At Nottingham Crown Court today four defendants were sentenced to immediate custody of up to three years, six received suspended prison sentences and the eleventh received a conditional discharge.

Defendants and sentences:
o Mahomed Daud (DOB 06/03/1970) – pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat the revenue – jailed for three years
o Leonard Mallett (DOB 24/07/1953) – pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat the revenue – jailed for 18 months
o Terrence Knight (DOB 07/06/1965) – pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat the revenue – jailed for two years
o Maciej Wysoczanski (DOB 03/11/1977) – pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat the revenue – jailed for two years
o Emily Mallett (DOB 31/07/1980) – pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat the revenue – jailed for 16 months, suspended for two years
o Asif Daud (DOB 30/03/1976) – pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat the revenue – jailed for 16 months, suspended for two years
o Honer Ahmed (DOB 01/03/1988) – pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat the revenue – jailed for 19 months, suspended for two years
o Liam Watt (DOB 15/12/1986) – pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat the revenue – jailed for 16 months, suspended for two years
o Paul Slack (DOB 15/10/1980) – convicted by a jury of cheating the revenue – jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years
o Wayne Smith (DOB 30/11/1966) – pleaded guilty to conspiring to cheat the revenue – jailed for 13 months, suspended for two years
o Mohammed Daud (DOB 18/01/1998) – pleaded guilty to cheating the revenue – six month conditional discharge