Durham Police make two arrests after finding haul of illegal cigarettes and tobacco

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TWO people have been arrested after counterfeit cigarettes and cash were seized during a raid on a house.

Trading Standards officers from Durham County Council joined Durham Police when they executed a warrant on the property, in Horden, on Wednesday.

As well as 1,200 counterfeit cigarettes and a large sum of cash, officers also found 2kg of incorrectly labelled hand-rolling tobacco.

The raid is part of an ongoing crackdown on illicit tobacco in County Durham.

Joanne Waller, the county council’s head of environment, health and consumer protection, said: “This latest raid reinforces our commitment to stamping out the supply of illicit tobacco in County Durham.

“We have taken on extra resources to combat this area of criminality as we believe it is an essential tool in our fight to bring down smoking rates in the North East and protect our children from tobacco harm.

“Along with our partners in the County Durham Tobacco Alliance, we have a vision that by 2030, smoking prevalence in County Durham can be reduced by five per cent.”

Information about supply of illegal tobacco can be reported to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org