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Illegal tobacco hidden in Chinese cargo

AAP logoAAP 5/08/2016

A Chinese national faces deportation or up to 10 years in jail for illegally importing tobacco and cigarettes hidden in air filters into Victoria.

Shijun Ai faced the Victorian County Court on Friday, having earlier pleaded guilty to charges of illegally importing tobacco into Australia, possessing tobacco, and using a false passport.

Ai admitted importing 837 kilograms of tobacco in loose form and cigarettes found hidden in cargo shipped to Australia from China between 2014 and 2015.

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