‘Fake’ cigarettes worth £40k seized in Erdington business raid

Illegal cigarettes, vaping equipment and vehicles have been seized from a Birmingham business following a raid by police. Officers were called to vacant business premises in Erdington High Street on Wednesday (May 25) afternoon, following reports of ‘suspicious activity’ in the car park.

On arrival they discovered shopping holdalls, boxes and black bin bags stuffed with some £40,000 worth of cigarettes and vaping gear, which are believed to be fakes or stolen. The illicit haul was discovered following a raid by West Midlands Police’s Force Response team called to reports of people taking out a ‘large quantity of goods’.

The Sutton Coldfield response C Team Tweeted: “We were called to an address with occupants taking out a large number of counterfeit goods. Goods seized and three vehicles recovered.”

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A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We seized cigarettes and vapes with an estimated value of £40,000 after responding to reports of suspicious activity in the car park of a vacant business property in Erdington High Street on Wednesday (May 25). We were alerted at 1pm and on arrival found hundreds of packets of what we believe are counterfeit or stolen cigarettes inside three vehicles.

“They’ve been seized along with the vehicles; we’ll be liaising with colleagues in Trading Standards as the investigation progresses.”

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