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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Illegal tobacco and cigarettes seized in house raids

Thousands of illegal cigarettes and more than four pounds of tobacco have been seized in a series of raids across Cumbria.

Homes in Workington, Carlisle and Dalton-in-Furness were targeted in a crackdown that involved trading standards officers, police and the North West Illicit Tobacco Team.

In total, more than 3,360 illicit cigarettes and 1.9kg of counterfeit Golden Virginia tobacco were recovered. The street value of the haul is put at more than £700.

The cigarettes were incorrectly labelled and none of the seized products were intended for sale in the UK.

Mike Smyth, Cumbria County Council's public protection manager, said it was a fantastic result that showed agencies were committed to tackling the supply of illegal tobacco.

“I would urge anyone engaging in this type of illegal activity in Cumbria to take note and understand that enforcement action will be taken against anyone involved in such trade," he added.

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