Darlington woman cleared over £1m cigarette smuggling scam, 15 others plead guilty


A WOMAN has been cleared of involvement in a £1m cigarette smuggling scam - while 15 others await sentence.
 

Suzanne Robinson, 40, from Darlington, was found not guilty by a jury of conspiring to evade duty on tobacco after a retrial.
 

Fifteen other people have pleaded guilty, and will be sentenced at a later date at Teesside Crown Court.
 

The court heard how tobacco was smuggled into the region over a year by a crime gang evading more than £1m in tax.
 

The network posted hundreds of parcels of tobacco from mainland Europe to the UK in the large-scale operation.
 

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