Arrest after police raid uncovers haul of illicit tobacco

Peterlee Police Inspector Dave Coxon
Peterlee Police Inspector Dave Coxon

A MAN has been arrested after a police raid was carried out and uncovered a haul of illicit tobacco.

Peterlee Police carried out a raid at a house in Horden during a joint operation with Durham County Council.

A 42-year-old man was arrested and a quantity of illegal tobacco seized.

The male was interviewed and bailed while inquiries continue and the raid is part of the continuing drive to target organised crime teams and reduce the harm they causes our communities.

Joanne Waller, head of environment health and consumer protection at the council, said: “This is yet another success in our campaign to tackle the supply of illicit tobacco in County Durham which undermines the work of our stop smoking services and our goal to reduce the health harm caused by tobacco.

“Our multi agency approach to this problem continues to pay dividends in terms of targeting those involved in this criminal activity and bringing them to account.”

Inspector Dave Coxon, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “In partnership we intend to reduce the harm caused in our communities by serious and organised criminals and appeal to the public to continue reporting criminal activity.

“People buying illicit cigarettes don’t know if they are genuine, what’s in the cigarettes and what their money is being used to fund.”

The raid took place on Friday.