Illegal cigarettes with a street value of around half-a-million pounds have been seized in a series of raids in King’s Lynn.
The discovery of a million cigarettes and a large amount of cash was made last Thursday by officers from Norfolk Police during a joint operation with Norfolk County Council Trading Standards department.
A 37-year-old man was arrested in connection with the find and released under investigation while enquiries continue.
The illegal cigarettes were seized during raids at a number of locations in London Road and Norfolk Street.
A spokesman for Norfolk Police said the action followed an investigation targeting the importation and sale of illegal tobacco.
Superintendent Dave Buckley, policing commander for Lynn and West Norfolk, said: “This result highlights our commitment to work with partners to target criminal activity, including those involved in organised crime.”
Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of the county council’s communities committee, said: “The raids are part of our ongoing campaign, working with partners, to tackle the supply of illegal tobacco in Norfolk.
“The people who sell illegal tobacco put our youngest residents at risk because they are selling harmful goods at ‘pocket money’ prices. Sellers of illegal tobacco may be involved in other criminal activity, including organised crime.
“Hopefully these raids will raise awareness about our campaign and we would encourage Norfolk residents to come forward with any information they may have about illegal tobacco sold in their communities. Norfolk County Council Trading Standards are always ready to respond to any intelligence they receive.”
Residents who have information can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline anonymously on 03454 04 05 06 or via an online form at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer.
People can also call officers on 101 or 999 in an emergency.