A man who tried to smuggle more than 7000 cheap Bali cigarettes in to Perth so he could sell them to his mates has copped a $40,000 fine.
The 34-year-old faced Perth Magistrates Court where he admitted to packing 36 cartons of cigarettes into two small suitcases before trying to bring them into Perth Airport on a flight from Bali on November 18, 2018.
The court was told the man, who is an unemployed property broker, paid just $25 each for the boxes from a wholesale supermarket in Kuta.
He planned to sell most of them to friends for as much as $120 to $150 a carton.
The man had a total of 7,200 cigarettes – 288 times the maximum amount of 25 duty-free cigarettes which can be brought into Australia.
The court was told he attempted to evade duty fees of more than $5,800.
The man had not declared the cigarettes on his incoming passenger card.
He pleaded guilty to smuggling cigarettes, evading duty and making false statements to a customs officer and was fined $39,152.73.
He was also ordered to pay $2,652.73 in court costs.
WA’s Australian Border Force Regional Commander Rod O’Donnell described the man’s actions as a “deliberate act” and said he was aware of a previous case where a man was fined almost $35,000 for trying smuggling cigarettes.
“This man knew the risks,” he said.
“Our officers are alert to travellers attempting to bring in more than their duty free allowance of cigarettes and tobacco, and the consequences for those caught can be severe.
“This attempt to evade approximately $5,800 in Duty has ended up costing the man almost seven times that amount.”