Charged with duty evasion

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A MAN has been charged with duty evasion after more than 607,000 smuggled cigarettes were discovered in storage units in Market Deeping.

Aleksander Sergevich Laryn, 31, whose last known address was in Spalding, was arrested on Monday when officers from HM Revenue and Customs visited storage premises in Market Deeping.

He was interviewed and subsequently charged with the fraudulent evasion of duty.

He appeared at Grantham Magistrates Court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody. He has not entered a plea.

The duty evaded on the seized cigarettes is estimated as £120,000.

They were Jin Ling cigarettes which are not legally sold in this country. They have now been sent off for testing.

East of England spokesman for HM Revenue and Customs Bob Gaiger said: “I am unable to give further details at this time as our investigations are continuing.

“However, our actions send out a clear message to those tempted to become involved in activities of this nature. We take tobacco fraud extremely seriously and will pursue anyone believed to be involved in this type of crime.”

Anyone with any information about smuggling should contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.