Two arrested after counterfeit cigarette raids

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A MAN and a woman were arrested after counterfeit cigarettes and cash were seized during a raid on a house in Horden.

Trading Standards officers from Durham County Council joined Durham Police when they executed a warrant on the property on Wednesday, 21 May.

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, Durham 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.”

Anyone with information about the supply of illegal tobacco can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at