Two truck drivers who attempted to smuggle more than 1.5 million cigarettes into the UK hidden

Two truck drivers who attempted to smuggle more than 1.5 million cigarettes into the UK hidden between bags of wood pellets, have been sent to prison following an HMRC investigation. Marin Vasilev, 40, of Willingham, Cambridge, was caught attempting to bring the cigarettes, worth £444,641 in unpaid duty, into the UK on 1 May 2018. Border Force officials stopped him at the Port of Dover and found the cigarettes in his HGV. Vasilev was arrested, the cigarettes seized, and the case referred to HMRC. Venelin Nikolov, 45, from Sofia, Bulgaria, was traced two months later in connection with the seizure. Despite both men denying knowing each other, officers discovered they had swapped trailers on their way to the UK from Bulgaria. The pair pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of excise duty at Maidstone Crown Court and were both sentenced to 18 months in prison. Paul Morgan, director of Border Force South East and Europe, said: “The size of the detection made by Border Force officers should leave people in no doubt that tobacco smuggling is worth big money to the criminals involved. “We will continue to work with HMRC and the police to identify the people responsible for attempts ...

Purple Heart Veteran receives special mobility truck for his service

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – A high five can mean many things: from ‘good job’ to ‘thank you,’ and during their national High Five Tour, those with the Wounded Warriors Family Support are thanking wounded military veterans and their families in a big way. Through their tour they drive a brand-new Ford F-150 Raptor from Ford dealership to dealership, asking anyone who stops in to take a look and say ‘thank you.’ But there’s something much deeper that this truck is carrying. “So it’s going to be like going from a Model-T to the Starship Enterprise, so I’ve got some learning to do with this truck,” Gill said. “I have the hand controls obviously, and the wheelchair lift for my… chair, and it’s also got transfer seats on the passenger and drivers’ side,” Gill said. Gill is being awarded this truck for his years of service to our country, he was inspired to join after high school after a few words from John F. Kennedy. “In his address, he said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’ so I took up that challenge,” Gill said. He was nominated by his fellow purple heart veterans to receive this truck as a part of the Wounded Warriors Family Support’...