Tobacco smuggler is jailed after haul is found at Portsmouth port

A Lithuanian carpenter who smuggled 161 kilos of tobacco into Portsmouth using a modified camper van was jailed for 16 months today following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).'His female accomplice received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and a 12 month supervision order.''Raimundas Duoba (39), who also uses the name 'Tomas Basiulis', and Giedre Giliene (34) evaded �39,000 in revenue on the tobacco which was discovered by UK Border Agency officers searching Duoba's camper van on 21 June 2010 at Portsmouth Ferry Port. The vehicle arrived by ferry from Bilbao, Spain. The matter was referred to HMRC for criminal investigation.
A Lithuanian carpenter who smuggled 161 kilos of tobacco into Portsmouth using a modified camper van was jailed for 16 months today following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).'His female accomplice received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and a 12 month supervision order.''Raimundas Duoba (39), who also uses the name 'Tomas Basiulis', and Giedre Giliene (34) evaded �39,000 in revenue on the tobacco which was discovered by UK Border Agency officers searching Duoba's camper van on 21 June 2010 at Portsmouth Ferry Port. The vehicle arrived by ferry from Bilbao, Spain. The matter was referred to HMRC for criminal investigation.
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A SMUGGLER who modified a camper van to bring 161 kilos of tobacco into Portsmouth has been jailed.

Lithuanian carpenter, Raimundas Duoba, 39, had built several hiding places for the tobacco inside the van.

A Lithuanian carpenter who smuggled 161 kilos of tobacco into Portsmouth using a modified camper van was jailed for 16 months today following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).'His female accomplice received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and a 12 month supervision order.''Raimundas Duoba (39), who also uses the name 'Tomas Basiulis', and Giedre Giliene (34) evaded �39,000 in revenue on the tobacco which was discovered by UK Border Agency officers searching Duoba's camper van on 21 June 2010 at Portsmouth Ferry Port. The vehicle arrived by ferry from Bilbao, Spain. The matter was referred to HMRC for criminal investigation.

A Lithuanian carpenter who smuggled 161 kilos of tobacco into Portsmouth using a modified camper van was jailed for 16 months today following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).'His female accomplice received an eight month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and a 12 month supervision order.''Raimundas Duoba (39), who also uses the name 'Tomas Basiulis', and Giedre Giliene (34) evaded �39,000 in revenue on the tobacco which was discovered by UK Border Agency officers searching Duoba's camper van on 21 June 2010 at Portsmouth Ferry Port. The vehicle arrived by ferry from Bilbao, Spain. The matter was referred to HMRC for criminal investigation.

This included a false ceiling, a fake floor in the boot and the bottom of the bed.

Duoba was found hiding £39,000 worth of tobacco in the van when it was searched at Portsmouth Ferry Port on June 21, last year, after arriving from Bilbao, Spain.

He was sent to prison for 16 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs.

His female accomplice Giedre Giliene, 34, received an eight-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and a 12 month supervision order.

John Cooper, assistant director of criminal investigation for HMRC, said: ‘This was a calculated and blatant smuggling attempt, which, if successful, would have robbed the UK of vital funds.

‘Our investigations revealed that Duoba had recently purchased the camper van, adapting it to hide enough tobacco to make over 300,000 cigarettes.’

Evidence uncovered during the investigation also led to Duoba being charged and sentenced for a second offence, after officers discovered the tobacco was to be kept at a self-storage unit in Essex rented by ‘Tomas Basiulis’ – one of his aliases.

The name was already linked to a separate smuggling attempt at Dover, when officers found 84,100 cigarettes hidden inside a Lithuanian lorry.

At Portsmouth Crown Court Duoba was remanded in custody after admitting using the name and pleading guilty to both smuggling attempts at Portsmouth and Dover.