Two arrested in illegal booze and cigarettes raids

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TWO people have been arrested after a mammoth illegal booze and tobacco swoop in East Durham.

Trading standards officers, customs officials and police have seized 30,000 cigarettes, 600 pouches of rolling tobacco and 300 bottles of wine.

The operation was carried out by Durham County Council working with Durham Police and HM Revenue and Customs.

A 48-year-old-man and a 45-year-old-woman have been arrested.

A vehicle delivering to a licensed premises, two houses and a garage in East Durham were targeted in the operation

A vehicle delivering to a licensed premises along with two houses and a domestic garage in the East Durham areas were targeted as part of the operation.

Coun Bob Young, Durham’s cabinet member for strategic environment, said: “We are determined to crack down on the trade in illicit tobacco in County Durham and this operation was carried out as part of our efforts.

“We will continue to work in partnership with the police and HMRC to address this issue.”

Today’s raids are part of an ongoing operation to crack down on the trade in illicit tobacco in County Durham.

Anyone with information about people dealing in illegal tobacco can pass it on completely anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org