Tobacco smugglers caught red-handed
Two Bolton men, caught with illegal tobacco, have been sentenced for trying to evade over £148,000 in tax.
Hayatulah Mosavi, 38, was caught red-handed unloading tobacco and cigarettes at the home of Hawkar Sulaiman, 37, in Bolton.
Investigators seized over 770kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco (HRT) and 100,000 smuggled Chinese cigarettes from the vehicle and premises in October last year.
During a follow up search of Mosavi’s home in Nugent Road, officers uncovered more smuggled cigarettes. Forensic evidence linked all the illegal goods to the two men.
After an investigation by HMRC both men were charged with excise duty evasion in May 2013, and pleaded guilty to all charges at their first court appearance in October.
Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “Mosavi was caught as he unloaded boxes of illegal tobacco at Sulaiman’s home, and more boxes containing tobacco and cigarettes were found hidden under the kitchen counter tops, under the stairs and in the yard. These men will now pay the price for their criminal activities.
“We urge the public to come forward and let us know if they have information about the sale, transport, or storage of suspect alcohol or tobacco in the Manchester area on 0800 59 5000.
“You can also report suspicious trading, tax evasion or smuggling via our website to help us tackle organised crime in the north west.”