Undercover probe highlights shocking availability of illegal tobacco across Merseyside

From: Liverpool Echo

Illicit stashes sold in pubs, shops and on the streets of Liverpool

Test purchases of illicit cigarettes and tobacco have revealed the shocking availability of the smuggled and often counterfeit criminal goods across Merseyside.

Undercover investigators were sold dodgy products in pubs, shops and even a restaurant during a three day probe in November, highlighting the extent of the black market trade targeting smokers across the region.

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£1 million of counterfeit tobacco, cigarettes and other illegal goods seized in South Derbyshire [UK]

From: Burton Mail

Illegal cigarettes and tobacco with a street value of at least £1 million have been seized in South Derbyshire.

Almost two million illegal cigarettes and 580kg of tobacco were found by officers from Derbyshire County Council and police from Derbyshire and the East Midlands in one of the biggest trading standards hauls in the UK.

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