£40,000 counterfeit cigarettes seized in Erdington shop raid

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Illegal cigarettes, vaping devices and vehicles have been seized after a police raid at a Birmingham shop. Officers were called to vacant commercial premises on Erdington High Street on Wednesday afternoon (May 25) after reports of “suspicious activity” in the car park.

Upon arrival, they discovered shopping bags, boxes and black bin liners filled with around £40,000 worth of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, believed to be counterfeit or stolen. The illegal transport was discovered after a raid by West Midlands Police’s Force Response Team, who were called out over reports of people taking a “large quantity of goods”.

Sutton Coldfield’s Response C team tweeted: “We were called to an address where inmates were taking a large number of counterfeit goods. Goods were confiscated and three vehicles seized.”

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A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We have 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 commercial building on Erdington High Street on Wednesday (25 May). . We were alerted at 1pm and found hundreds of packets of cigarettes believed to be counterfeit or stolen in three vehicles upon our arrival.

“They were confiscated along with the vehicles; we will be in touch with Trading Standards colleagues as the investigation progresses.”

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