£40,000 of fake cigarettes and tobacco seized in raids

£40,000 of fake cigarettes and tobacco seized in raids

TRADING Standards officers have seized thousands of pounds’-worth of illegal cigarettes and tobacco. 

Locations in Heckmondwike were raided earlier this month in a joint operation with the police and Revenue and Customs officials.

They discovered 36,000 cigarettes and 36kg of counterfeit rolling tobacco, with a street value of £40,000.

Police officers also discovered a stun gun and CS gas and seized a white Jaguar and a Vauxhall Mokka.

David Lodge, head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “All tobacco is harmful but the supply of illegal cigarettes seriously undermines the drive to reduce smoking, fuels organised criminality and is often a gateway for young people to becoming addicted to a habit which prematurely kills over half its users.”

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