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Northern Ireland truck driver jailed for smuggling cigarettes

A truck driver originally from Northern Ireland has been sentenced to 15 months in jail after admitting attempting to smuggle two million cigarettes into the UK.

Conor McDaid (44) was stopped by UK Border Agency Officers in November last year after he had arrived at Dover in his lorry on a ferry from France.

The lorry was searched and the cigarettes were found.

HM Revenue & Customs Criminal Investigators charged McDaid on 18 August this year for evading more than £400,000 duty on the cigarettes.

McDaid, who lives in Coffee Hall, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was sentenced on Tuesday at Canterbury Crown Court after pleading guilty at the same court on November 12.

Belfast Telegraph