A huge stash of contraband cigarettes and Viagra-style tablets
plus a Samarai swords were found hidden in a house after undercover
trading standards officers carried out surveillance on a rogue
Parents are being urged to help keep illegal tobacco off the
streets this summer, with unscrupulous dealers likely to be looking
for teenage customers over the school holidays.
MORE than 600 packets of illegal tobacco were seized during
raids on retail premises by police and trading standards
TRADERS dealing in illicit tobacco were today warned: 'We are on
to you.' More than 1,000 packets of counterfeit tobacco were
seized after sniffer dogs hunted them out during a series of
A PENSIONER appeared in court yesterday (28th February) accused
of selling bootleg cigarettes and tobacco on the streets of South
A SERIES of raids have taken place in County Durham today
(Friday, February 15) as part of a crackdown on illegal
TWO sniffer dogs discovered more than £4,000 worth of contraband
cigarettes and packets of tobacco in children's lunchboxes.
A HUGE haul of tobacco, which could have cost taxpayers £36,000
in lost revenue, has been seized at the Port of Hull
AN AIRLINE worker from Leigh has been fined for attempting to
smuggle cigarettes into the UK through Manchester Airport.
Ten people have been arrested in raids in the UK and Luxembourg
in a suspected £50m tax fraud by an international tobacco smuggling
SNIFFER dogs uncovered more than 1,000 packets of illegal
cigarettes at Southport shops.
A £15,000 HAUL of illegal tobacco - believed to be the largest
find ever made in Middlesbrough - has been seized following a house
WHEN Stephen Horton was stopped by customs officials after
driving off the ferry from France, he declared he had "just a few
packet of cigarettes with him".
SOUTH Tyneside smokers are being urged to stub out illegal
South Tyneside trading standards officers visited a supermarket
last week to encourage shoppers to stub out illegal tobacco.
A contraband tobacco dealer has become the first in Scotland to
receive a banning order under new Government legislation.
An off licence owner has been sent to
prison for 16 weeks after being convicted of a number of offences
relating to the possession and supply of illegal tobacco.
AN anti-smoking organisation has launched the next phase of its
campaign to reduce the size of the illegal tobacco market.
TYNEDALE residents are being asked to help keep illegal tobacco
off the streets.
Communities across Teesside are helping to keep illegal tobacco
off their streets as Fresh North East launches the next phase of
its successful campaign to reduce the size of the market in illegal
A MAN has been charged with evading more than £500,000 in excise
duty and VAT after police seized duty free tobacco and counterfeit
PEOPLE are being urged to play their part in keeping illegal
tobacco off the streets.
CUSTOMS officers yesterday seized 3.5 million cigarettes at
Rosslare Port, adding to the haul of 38 million seized in Dublin
Port on Thursday.
A PENSIONER accused of trying to evade duty on large amounts of
cigarettes and tobacco has been cleared of two of the three charges
A Bradford shopkeeper traded in illicit cigarettes and tobacco
from his city-centre store, a court heard.
A haul of bootleg tobacco has been seized in raids on Tyneside
Two men from Staffordshire were today
behind bars for their role in a counterfeit cigarette racket
capable of making up to 625 million counterfeit cigarettes and five
million pouches of fake hand rolling tobacco a year.
A COUPLE who ran an illicit enterprise dealing in smuggled
tobacco and cigarettes have been jailed.
Over 16.5million illegal cigarettes - the largest single
detection in the North West region this year - have been seized in
A mum is likely to lose her job and family home after being
convicted of selling cigarettes to children.
A Manchester airport worker has been jailed for her part in
a gang scam to illegally buy millions of duty-free cigarettes -
avoiding paying tax.
TWO men who sold almost £1 million worth of smuggled cigarettes
and tobacco from a Doncaster mini market have been jailed for a
total of 11 years.
A MAN who helped flood the streets of South Tyneside with black
market cigarettes has been put behind bars.
A new operation targeting people who sell counterfeit cigarettes
to young people, is under way in Blackpool.
A Stockport man who illegally smuggled
a tonne of tobacco into the UK hidden in furniture, mirrors and
handicrafts has been sentenced.
Two men and three women from Merseyside
have been arrested, and cigarettes and tobacco seized, during raids
by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officers.
A FORMER Whitehaven train driver masterminded a £200,000
international fraud by sending illicit drugs and tobacco home to
his friends in West Cumbria after emigrating to Thailand, a court
More than 37 kilos of illegal tobacco and almost 23,000 non UK
duty paid cigarettes have been seized by HM Revenue & Customs
(HMRC) in an operation targeting the trade in illegal tobacco
across Lancashire and Manchester.
A Macclesfield man, who hijacked the identity of a company in
Wales and illegally imported over 18 million cigarettes in
containers claiming they were board games was jailed for three
years and eight months.
A market trader from Rochdale, who claimed boxes containing
40kilos of smuggled tobacco were packed with flowers, was sentenced
to a suspended jail term and community work at Manchester Crown
Court today for trading in illicit tobacco. His accomplice from
Humberside was sentenced to 19 months jail.
A former football club chief executive has been jailed for
five-and-a-half years after admitting to not paying duty on
£4.5m-worth of cigarettes.
A Lancashire gang who imported over two million contraband
cigarettes into the country packed inside wheelie bins has been
jailed for a total of almost nine-years.
Six members of a gang who used high-tech equipment to turn out
24 fake bottles of vodka a minute, plus large quantities of hand
rolling tobacco, were jailed at Southwark Crown Court today for
more than 56 years.
A father and son team from Sunderland has been sentenced after
selling illegal tobacco and alcohol from their city centre
Four men have been given suspended jail sentences after being
caught selling illegal cigarettes at a Bolton market.
Two Manchester men who pretended to import Christmas snowmen in
a plot to smuggle nine million cigarettes into the UK, have been
jailed. The cigarettes had a potential tax loss of over £1.4
Police and trading standards have seized hundreds of counterfeit
cigarettes and packets of tobacco following a raid on two homes on
Gateshead's Springwell Estate.
Five Merseyside men have been arrested and almost 10-million
illegal cigarettes seized by officers from HM Revenue & Customs
A group of illegal tobacco traders from Barnsley has been
convicted after being caught with over 2-million illegal cigarettes
destined for the local market.
Around 1.5 million cigarettes have been found hidden inside
concrete blocks at Hull docks by our officers.
Officers uncovered the haul on Thursday night (2 December)
following checks on lorry freight arriving from Zeebrugge in
More than 1 million cigarettes have been found inside concrete
blocks at Immingham docks by our officers.
Officers uncovered the haul on Wednesday (27 October) following
checks on lorry freight arriving from the continent.
More than 10,000 cigarettes and 1.5kg of tobacco were seized
during a raid on a Birkenhead shop.
Cumbria Trading Standards has vowed to step up its efforts in
stamping out counterfeit tobacco and underage sales following the
conviction of an ice-cream seller who sold fake fags to kids.
Thousands of illegal cigarettes have been taken off the streets
following raids on a shop and a house in Huddersfield.
An illegal tobacco smuggler has been forced to pay back £185,000
of his ill-gotten gains to avoid facing a prison sentence.
Police in Kent have seized an ice-cream van packed with
cigarettes and tobacco, after being tipped off by local
Proceeds gained from illegal tobacco smuggling were used by the
Provisional IRA to help fund terrorism, according to an article in
The Irish Times.
Thousands of pounds-worth of illegal cigarettes and alcohol were
confiscated during a raid in New Herrington.
A gang of cigarette smugglers have been jailed after bringing
almost 200,000 illegal cigarettes through Newcastle Airport.
Two men who ran an international smuggling operation to bring in
11 million illegal cigarettes have been jailed for a total of
almost 20 years.
Police officers in Bolton discover packs of illegal cigarettes
and contraband loose tobacco after raiding a busy town centre pound
Four women from Sunderland have been caught trying to smuggle
64,000 cigarettes into the UK after a trip to Tenerife.
Children as young as eight are being exploited by criminals and
criminal gangs running so-called 'tab houses', health officials
Two men have been fined £1,130 for selling cigarettes to kids as
young as 11 from their ice-cream van in Pontypool.
Trading standards officers have launched a series of raids on
houses in Gateshead suspected of selling illegal tobacco.
Two cousins have been jailed for 18-months after selling tens of
thousands of pounds-worth of counterfeit goods, including illegal
tobacco, from their shop in Bradford.
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