Gloucestershire

'Fake' cigarettes seized in Gloucestershire raids

Some of the seized cigarettes - image courtesy trading standards
Image caption The raids were a result of months of intelligence gathering and surveillance

More than 30,000 cigarettes have been seized in an anti-counterfeiting operation in Gloucestershire.

During the raid two shops were visited and a vehicle, found to contain 26,400 cigarettes, was confiscated.

All the tobacco recovered is being held on suspicion of breaches of labelling and trademark offences and some is believed to be counterfeit.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said a 26-year-old man from Gloucester had been arrested on suspicion of fraud.

He has been released on police bail until 15 September.

A trading standards spokesman said the operation also involved members of Gloucestershire Police and HM Revenue and Customs.

He added the raids were a result of months of intelligence gathering and surveillance.

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