$600K worth of ‘illicit tobacco’ uncovered at Gold Coast checkpoint

Police have seized a whopping $600,000 worth of illegal tobacco at the border on the Gold Coast.

Officers from the Crime and Intelligence Command, Major and Organised Crime Squad, came across the massive haul after intercepting a NSW registered semi-trailer at the Queensland/New South Wales border checkpoint at Coolangatta yesterday.

“As a result of the search, police located illicit tobacco and tobacco related products, with an estimated value of $600,000,” Queensland Police said.


A 59-year-old man was questioned, but no charges have yet been laid, with investigations ongoing.

Detective Acting Inspector Ian Galpin described illicit tobacco as an “attractive market” for organised crime syndicates, with the profits often used to fund criminal behaviour.

“As well as funding organised crime syndicates, the avoidance of tobacco duty means the community misses out on revenue that contributes to infrastructure and other services such as health,” Acting Detective Inspector Galpin said.

“We have ramped up our border compliance measures and are intercepting every vehicle to ensure they are complying with the CHO’s border restrictions direction.

“Police will remain vigilant to disrupt any criminal activity observed at the borders”.