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Northern Ireland man caught with 16,000 illicit cigarettes jailed

Illicit tobacco products worth £11,720.04 in lost duty and taxes were seized.
Illicit tobacco products worth £11,720.04 in lost duty and taxes were seized.

A Northern Ireland man has been jailed for eight months after more than 16,000 illicit cigarettes were seized from his home.

William Riley, 58, of Kilaney Avenue in Lisburn, was arrested in March last year by officers from the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce (PCTF) conducting a search at his home.

Police also found 16kg of tobacco.

Illicit tobacco products worth £11,720.04 in lost duty and taxes were seized.

Riley pleaded guilty to the charges at Lisburn Magistrates Court on 16 April 2019 and was sentenced to eight months in jail before the same court on Tuesday May 21.

Detective Superintendent Rachel Shields said: “Whilst some people may think that selling and buying counterfeit cigarettes isn’t a big problem, the reality is that profits made from the sale of these type of items are often used to fund other criminality which inflicts misery on local communities.

"There is no such thing as a victimless crime – communities end up paying the price whilst paramilitaries profit.”

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