Three arrested over illicit tobacco raids in Peterlee

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THREE people have been arrested in connection with supplying illicit tobacco after a raid at a property in Peterlee.

Durham County Council Trading Standards team and Durham Constabulary found 224 pouches of rolling tobacco and 2,120 cigarettes believed to have been smuggled or counterfeit when they searched the property and a number of vehicles.

Joanne Waller, the county council’s head of environment, health and consumer protection, said: “We will continue to work with our partners to get rid of illicit tobacco suppliers in County Durham.

“The sale of illegal cigarettes sidesteps the controls that lawful businesses have in place to uphold age of sale laws and undermines the work of the stop smoking services.

“It also encourages a whole new generation of young smokers and leaving little incentive or motivation for people to quit.

“The message to those involved in this illicit trade is loud and clear. Stop supplying illicit tobacco or face the consequences.”