Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. Handling and eating raw chicken carries certain dangers, too.
So the Forager was especially alarmed to come across a recent press release from HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service about a gang caught smuggling almost 3 million illegal cigarettes into the UK, hidden inside a consignment of frozen chicken.
According to the HMRC statement, the cigarettes and rolling tobacco were “professionally concealed within a load of frozen chicken pieces”, found in a refrigerated lorry in Croydon, South London.
Two men of Polish origin were subsequently convicted, receiving a total of over eight years in prison.
Given the health risks of their deeds, let alone the £288,000 in lost revenue to the taxman, the Forager reckons they got off lightly.