Pas­sen­ger had 12,000 cig­gies stashed in case

Solihull News - - CAROLINE SPELMAN MP -

A PAS­SEN­GER who tried to smug­gle 12,560 cig­a­rettes through Birm­ing­ham Air­port in con­tain­ers marked ‘ saucepans’ has been sen­tenced for ex­cise duty fraud.

Za­hoor Ahmed, 44, of Geral­dine Road, Yard­ley, was caught with the cig­a­rettes as he re­turned home on a flight from Pak­istan, via Dubai, in Novem­ber. Ahmed was con­victed of try­ing to evade more than £ 4,000 of duty fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by HM Rev­enue & Cus­toms ( HMRC). He was handed a three- month home cur­few and or­dered to pay costs when he ap­peared at Birm­ing­ham Mag­is­trates Court.

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