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Thousands of illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized in Tamworth shop raid

Thousands of illicit and counterfeit cigarettes and a quantity hand rolling tobacco have been seized at a Tamworth shop by county council trading standards officers.

Officers found approximately 8,000 cigarettes, believed to be fake or illegal, and 2.2kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco during the raid yesterday (Thursday). Some of the tobacco is thought to be illegally imported, while counterfeit Richmond and Mayfair branded cigarettes were also found.

It is the latest in a series of visits targeting premises supplying illicit and fake tobacco in Staffordshire. The trading standards team was supported by Staffordshire Police and Tamworth Borough Council’s environmental health team.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said:

Our trading standards team responded to intelligence and successfully disrupted the supply of potentially dangerous tobacco and cigarettes in Tamworth.
“This is part of our ongoing operation to tackle the sale of illicit and counterfeit tobacco in Staffordshire. Illicit cigarettes can be especially dangerous as they do not extinguish if left, which legitimate ones do. Counterfeit sales damage businesses and can fund criminal gangs.”

Anyone with information on illicit tobacco sales can contact the trading standards team confidentially on 01785 330356