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Tobacco syndicate smashed by Border Force

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016

A Sydney tobacco smuggling ring has been smashed by authorities with more than 18 million cigarettes with treet value of $5 million being seized.

Three men have been arrested and two face deportation, Australian Border Force said on Wednesday.

Officers had targeted a container arriving from China, taken to a Villawood business premises, which was listed as carrying boxes of papers cups.

But officers instead found eight million sticks of 'Napoli' brand cigarettes.

A 48-year-old man faces 10 years' imprisonment after being charged with smuggling tobacco and will appear at a Sydney court in January.

Two other men, aged 43 and 51, have taken to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre after being identified as unlawful non-citizens.

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