A LORRY driver who was caught smuggling millions of cigarettes into the UK has been jailed for two years and 10 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Border Force officers stopped the lorry at the Port of Dover on 17 September 2018. A search of the trailer revealed 6.4 million Richmond Blue and NZ Slim cigarettes, worth an estimated £1.8 million in lost duty hidden behind pallets of black pudding.

The driver Daniel Ossowski, 38 from Tczew, Poland, was arrested, the cigarettes were seized and the matter referred to HMRC to investigate.

Ossowski pleaded guilty to fraudulently evading excise duty, at Maidstone Crown Court.