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Trucker sentenced for tobacco smuggling

PUBLISHED: 14:21 11 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

A LORRY driver has today been sentenced for smuggling more than quarter of a million pounds worth of tobacco through Felixstowe.

Timothy Greatorex, 39, of High Street, Martin, Lincolnshire admitted two charges of evading excise duty by importing about 800 kilograms of tobacco on his military lorry.

A LORRY driver is starting a prison sentence today for smuggling more than quarter of a million pounds worth of tobacco through Felixstowe.

Timothy Greatorex, 39, of High Street, Martin, in Lincolnshire, admitted two charges of evading excise duty by importing about 800 kilograms of tobacco on his military lorry.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Greatorex began smuggling contraband in large amounts for family friends and colleagues and then fell pray to a man called Mike Norona who kidnapped and assaulted Greatorex and told him he would be smuggling for him in the future.

The court heard that the MoD lorry was less likely to be searched as it entered the Port of Felixstowe.

Judge Nicholas Beddard sentenced Greatorex, who is of previous good character, to 21 months in prison.

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