The ABC has an intriguing bit of court reporting on the travails of Canberra’s Sam AlHassan who had the misfortune to discover 147 boxes of Iranian tobacco in his container of “bathroom and building products shipped from Lebanon”.
The jury was played a recording of the search in which the chief investigator is heard asking AlHassan about the boxes of tobacco.
He replies “it’s a bit funny, they weren’t meant to be in this container”.
As the excise goes up and up we’re going to see a lot more of this sort of thing. And once the illicit routes get opened up all sorts of other nasties will follow.