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A Black Country man who evaded paying pounds 77,000 duty on nearly 500,000 cigarettes, was jailed for eight months at Stafford Crown Court.

Tim Hannam, prosecuting, said the cigarettes were destined for Iran. Paul Wheelwright, 37, of Marriott Road; Patrick O'Brien, 50, of Saltwells Road, both Dudley, and Christopher Burns, 30, of St Benedict Road, Burntwood, Staffordshire, all pleaded guilty to evading duty.

Wheelwright got eight months and O'Brien and Burns were each jailed for six months suspended for two years under supervision. They were also told to carry out 80 hours' community service.
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