Builder who was 'driver and companion' in £1m cigarette smuggling ring is sentenced

A builder embroiled in a £1m cigarette smuggling scam and a debt to the taxman has been jailed. Peter Jackson, 59, was locked up for his role in the “dodgy fags” network while Pamela Hall, 65, said to be the most prolific receiver of contraband tobacco, was shown mercy.The sentences mark the end of the sprawling legal case, which has already seen four members of the smuggling gang jailed for more than 17 years.

Crooks travelled to mainland Europe where they bought and posted six tonnes of tobacco in hundreds of parcels to willing volunteers in the UK in 2012 to 2013.

The operation evaded more than £1,140,000 in tax, Teesside Crown Court heard previously.

Profits from black market sales in the “industrial scale” enterprise were simply spent in the pub or the bookies’, feeding some “stupendous” gambling habits.