Barnsley bootlegger to lose over £100,000 under Proceeds of Crime Act

Anthony Eden
Anthony Eden
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A Barnsley man who illegally imported cigarettes and tobacco into the country is to lose over £100,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Anthony Eden, aged 64, of Meyrick Drive, was caught out when police officers investigating a burglary at his home found an illicit stash of cigarettes and tobacco on which the duty had not been paid.

Officers found 77,000 cigarettes and 111kg of tobacco with an excise duty value of £36,000.

Eden, who was jailed for 18 months in June last year for tax evasion, was on a trip to Thailand in April 2013 when his home was burgled.

He told South Yorkshire Police he had been looking after the tobacco for someone else, but refused to say who.

Two years earlier Eden and his wife, Molly, were caught trying to bring 12.5kg of non-duty paid hand-rolling tobacco through Manchester Airport after arriving on a flight from Alicante.

That tobacco was seized, and the Edens were issued with a warning letter advising them of the consequences of illegally importing tobacco.

During a hearing at Leeds Magistrates Court last week an order for the forfeiture of £10,080.00 seized from Eden's home was made and a confiscation order for £95,000 was made under Proceeds of Crime Act.

Eden was given three months to pay the money or face extra time behind bars.