‘Fake’ cigarettes worth £40,000 seized in trade raid in Erdington

Illegal cigarettes, vaping equipment and vehicles have been seized from a Birmingham business following a police raid. Officers were called to vacant business premises in Erdington High Street on Wednesday afternoon May 25, following reports of ‘suspicious activity’ in the car park.

Upon arrival they discovered black holdalls, boxes and bin bags filled with around £40,000 worth of cigarettes and vaping gear, believed to be fake or stolen. The illicit transport was discovered following a raid by the West Midlands Police Force Response Team called in to reports of people carrying a ‘large quantity of goods’.

Sutton Coldfield’s C Response Team tweeted: ‘We have been called to an address with occupants taking out a large number of counterfeit goods. Goods seized and three vehicles recovered.

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A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘We have seized cigarettes and vapes worth an estimated £40,000 after responding to reports of suspicious activity in the car park of a property commercial vacant in Erdington High Street on Wednesday (May 25). We were alerted at 1pm and upon arrival found hundreds of packs of what we believe to be counterfeit or stolen cigarettes inside three vehicles.

“They were seized with the vehicles; we will liaise with colleagues at Trading Standards as the investigation progresses.”

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