A man paid to store smuggled beer in a Sheffield warehouse has been jailed.
Brett Anthony Driver, aged 52, of Dalton Lane, East Herringthorpe, Rotherham, stored 25,762.56 litres of beer at a storage facility in Ecclesfield, Sheffield.
The haulier was caught by customs officials unloading the beer, worth £28,156.24.61 in unpaid duty, from a lorry inside a warehouse in July 2013.
Analysis of shipping serial numbers on packaging revealed that the beer had originated from wholesalers across northern France and that duty had not been paid on it.
During interview, Driver admitted that he knew the beer ‘wasn’t right’, but said he was merely providing a temporary storage facility for an unknown third party, adding he had taken five similar deliveries over the previous eight weeks, earning £400 in cash each time.
Driver was found guilty of excise duty evasion last month and was jailed for 20 months following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.