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Trio sentenced after half million cigarettes smuggled into country

Trio sentenced after half million cigarettes smuggled into country

MADRID: Three men have been jailed after almost half a million cigarettes were smuggled into the country.

Dominik Mrzyglod, 38, previously of Sunset Place in Walton , was jailed for four years in January for his role and for a separate offence where 1.2 million cigarettes were smuggled. Sebastian Swiezy, 36, of Hogsmill Way in Epsom, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Blackfriars Crown Court last week.

He must also complete 120 hours of unpaid work as part of the sentence. Swiezy fled to Alicante, Spain, but was arrested at Gatwick Airport in April 2016 as he arrived from a flight from Poland. Abdul Faki, 52, of Chandos Road in London, was jailed for 18 months for his part.

He was arrested after 486,700 B&B cigarettes were found in a white van he was helping load. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators saw Mrzyglod and Swiezy supplying non-UK duty paid cigarettes to Faki at a car park in Dorking in December 2015.

All three men pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of excise duty.