Suspended sentence for man caught with illicit cigarettes
A Belfast City Council security officer caught storing almost 100,000 illicit cigarettes in his home has been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs.
Police officers discovered the haul during a search of Gary Marchant's Ashmore Place property in December 2014. They also found 28.75kg of hand-rolling tobacco. The cigarettes and tobacco were worth more than £37,000 in lost duty and taxes.
Marchant (43) pleaded guilty in March to the fraudulent evasion of excise duty. He was sentenced to six months in jail suspended for two years at Laganside Magistrates' Court yesterday.