Chinese National charged over tobacco importation

A man will appear in court today charged over allegedly importing tobacco products after police seized $15,000 worth of cigarettes in Sydney’s Inner West.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad were notified after a man allegedly used fraudulent identification to rent a storage unit on Edinburgh Road, Marrickville, last month.

About 4.30pm yesterday (Monday 1 July 2019), the same man attended the facility and allegedly collected a package, before returning to a vehicle.

Detectives arrested the man, aged 23, as he was entering the car and searched the vehicle.

During the search, police seized 500 packets of cigarettes and documentation relevant to the investigation.

The man, who is a Chinese National, was taken to Newtown Police Station and charged with import tobacco products reckless to defrauding of revenue.

He was refused bail to appear at Newtown Local Court today (Tuesday 2 July 2019).

Inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information in relation to the importation and supply of tobacco products is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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