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Man charged after police find 4.8 million illegal cigarettes

A man has been charged with possessing 4.8 million illegally imported cigarettes with a street value of $2.5 million.


Australian Border Force (ABF) officers raided a warehouse in Dandenong, Melbourne, after receiving information from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.


ABF officers found more than 4.8 million cigarettes hidden among glass bottles.


They arrested and charged a 49-year-old man with possessing illegally imported tobacco products.


Acting ABF Commander Matt Stock said that the cigarettes represented $2.9 million in lost duty tax.


Commander Stock also warned the public that 'illicit cigarettes pose an even greater risk as the source of the tobacco and the conditions in which it is manufactured are unknown'.


The arrested man faces up to 10 years in prison, and a fine of up to five times the amount of duty tax evaded.