Welwyn Garden City smuggler jailed

A DELIVERY driver from WGC has been caged for his part in a �140,000 cigarette smuggling scam. Simon Kirobi Warunge, a Kenyan national, was part of a six man gang that illegally imported more than

A DELIVERY driver from WGC has been caged for his part in a �140,000 cigarette smuggling scam.

Simon Kirobi Warunge, a Kenyan national, was part of a six man gang that illegally imported more than 750,000 counterfeit cigarettes and almost 18 kilos of tobacco into the UK.

The contraband was kept at addresses in London before being sold on, evading tax and duty of more than �140,000 in the process.

The smuggling ring was smashed following a covert surveillance operation by officers from HM Revenue and Customs.

Two members of the gang, both Chinese nationals, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to evade the revenue on the smuggled goods.

Meanwhile, the other smugglers, including Warunge, were convicted of the same offence following a trial at Croydon Crown Court.

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The gang was sent down for a total of seven years and seven months.

Parcelforce driver Warunge, 46, of Duncan Close, was jailed for nine months.