Australian Border Force officials have accused two men of illegal cigarette importation. (Supplied: Australian Federal Police)
Two men were charged with allegedly importing more than a million cigarettes illegally, after police discovered the tobacco hidden under a thin layer of loose tea.
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The AFP stated that the officers of the Australian Border Force (ABF) have discovered the import, the value of over $ 10 million in revenue evaded.
The officers intercepted a leased truck near Melbourne airport on Thursday, which allegedly contained the most recent shipment.
The driver and the truck occupant were charged with importing and owning tobacco products with the intent to defraud revenue.
It is assumed that the two used a number of trade names registered to import tobacco to hide their activities.
The officers of the Australian Border Force inspect a batch of illegal cigarettes in Melbourne. (Provided: Australian Federal Police)
Special investigations by ABF mission commander Colin Drysdale said the discovery would stop the revenue of criminal unions.
"This seizure and interruption of this union will have a significant impact on the supply of illicit tobacco supplies to Melbourne," he said.
"Working closely with our partners in the Illicit Tobacco Task Force and our state and federal colleagues, we are having a real impact on the $ 600 million illicit tobacco market and stopping us has exhausted the revenue channeled into the pockets of the unions of organized crime. "