Inside the white van hiding £ 220,000 worth of illegal Hull cigarettes

The white van has become the focus of a major investigation after illegal cigarettes worth £ 220,000 were found hidden inside the vehicle, parked on a street in Hull.

Agents from Operation Galaxy and central Hull neighborhoods worked with Trading Standards to complete the capture on Linneaus Street over the weekend.

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In a separate incident, a cannabis factory was also discovered in Hessle Road.

CP Karen Walker said: “While this type of offense sounds like us taking cheap cigarettes off the streets, we are doing it to protect you.

“When you buy these products, you could be putting your own health at risk because these products are not tested for their contents.

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“Counterfeit and illicit tobacco can contain all kinds of harmful substances, from brick dust to rat poison.

“Crimes of this nature have also been linked to the funding of organized crime gangs and modern slavery operations in the past.

“We will seek all means to disrupt these types of crimes, in order to protect the public.”

Trading Standards is further investigating the huge illegal supply of seized cigarettes.

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