Three arrested over fly-in fly-out illicit tobacco ring

From: Australian Border Force

Three Chinese nationals have been arrested and charged over their alleged involvement in a highly-organised tobacco smuggling syndicate operating through Melbourne International Airport.

Based on intelligence gathered from previous operations, officers from the Australian Border Force’s (ABF) Tobacco Strike Team and Aviation Traveller team began investigating a large number of passengers arriving from South-East Asian ports.

Over the course of the investigation, more than 40 individuals were identified bringing in large amounts of illicit tobacco packed in suitcases.

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