Man due in court following raid linked to alleged illegal tobacco production
19 December 2018
An estimated three quarters of a tonne of tobacco has been seized by Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Officers, working with Norfolk Constabulary, in Norwich yesterday.
After receiving intelligence about suspicious activities at a property on Notykin Street in Norwich, officers executed a warrant at the address. Inside they discovered a manufacturing set-up with an estimated 750 kg of tobacco, alleged counterfeit plastic tobacco pouches and other equipment that could be used in the production of illegal tobacco.
The potential evaded duty is estimated at around £200,000. A man found on the premises was arrested in connection with tobacco offences and is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates Court today, Wednesday 19 December.
Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of the Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “This is a great result for the Norfolk County Council Trading Standards team, and will severely disrupt the production of alleged illegal tobacco in Norfolk.
"I hope this raid will reinforce the message that we do not tolerate the sale of illegal tobacco in our county.
"The result today would not be possible without members of the public reporting their concerns to us so I would like to thank those who take the time to do so."
Illegal tobacco is a term used to describe illegal tobacco products. These could be:
- Counterfeit versions of popular cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco brands
- Products legitimately available in other countries smuggled into the UK (so no duty is paid and the products are not marked with the appropriate English health warnings and often lack fire safety provisions)
- Products made exclusively for the illicit market such as Jin Ling cigarettes
People can provide information about illegal tobacco products in the following ways:
- By calling the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline (anonymously if you wish) on 03454 04 05 06 or via their online form at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer
- By calling 101 (use 999 in an emergency)