An undercover operation which smashed a multi-million pound cigarette smuggling operation has resulted in jail for the gang responsible. The 10 members of the international gang who smuggled more than 354 million cigarettes into the country, costing the government £50m in missed duty, were given sentences totalling more than 19 years between them. In a 13-month operation officers worked alongside European and overseas agencies to track the smugglers. A further £165m in duty was protected by the seizure of cigarettes in the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, France and Ireland all destined for the UK. {{NEWS }}