Large sum of illicit tobacco confiscated on Freeman Street

Large sum of illicit tobacco confiscated on Freeman Street

A large quantity of illicit tobacco and £4,000 in cash was recovered on Freeman Street by Humberside Police this weekend.

Officers from Grimsby Neighbourhood Patrol joined Trading Standards officers in an intensive two days of action, in which a number of properties were visited.

PS Claire Jacobs said: “These are not victimless crimes and agencies will continue to support one another – acting on information and intelligence that the public provide.

“This offending is used to fund organised crime gangs and has been linked to modern day slavery and human trafficking operations.

“When you buy these products, you could also be putting your own health at risk. Not only has no duty been paid on them but they’ve not been tested to ensure they’re safe.

Counterfeit tobacco products often contain all kinds of harmful substances.

“We hope that this latest action will send a stark warning to anyone involved in this type of crime, that we will seek every avenue to disrupt them.”

“If you have information about counterfeit goods in your area call us on our non-emergency number 101 and let us help make our communities safer for everyone.”

The exact location of where the tobacco and cash were recovered has not been disclosed.

The investigation is now being led by Trading Standards.


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