£250,000 seizure of counterfeit tobacco

File photo dated 18/04/04 of cigarettes, as ban on tobacco promotion comes into force today in a bid to cut down on the number of people smoking. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 6, 2012. See PA story HEALTH Smoking. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/04/04 of cigarettes, as ban on tobacco promotion comes into force today in a bid to cut down on the number of people smoking. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday April 6, 2012. See PA story HEALTH Smoking. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire
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A quarter of a million pounds worth of fake tobacco has been seized near Cossall, leading police to uncover a major counterfeiting operation.

The 24 bails of hand rolling tobacco were discovered by police at a drop site near the village on Wednesday September 19, police have said.

This was linked to a privately rented house in Sherwood, Nottingham, where the scam was uncovered during a police raid on Monday September 24.

Community Protection’s trading standards manager Jane Bailey said: “The street value of this one seizure of tobacco is estimated to be £250,000. This is a major blow to the organised crime group that were undoubtedly behind this operation.”

She said that neighbours to the property in Wynndale Road had reported seeing vans comign and going from the address on a regular basis.

The find occurred during a Nottinghamshire police and trading standards Community Protection team campaign to crack down on fake tobacco.

During the campaign, 12 search warrants and 17 inspections were conducted based on information provided by the public.

This has resulted in 14 people being arrested with more arrests to follow.

To report illegal cigarette or tobacco sellers, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.