Cash and counterfeit tobacco seized

Published on: Friday, 05-February-2016

Two men have been arrested after thousands of pounds worth of cash and counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco was seized from an address in Kirkby.

Officers from Knowsley Council Trading Standards and the Knowsley Neighbourhood Support team executed a warrant on Friday 5 February.

They recovered around £20,000 in cash and £4,000 worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco and arrested two men on suspicion of possessing counterfeit goods with intent to supply and money laundering.

Detective Sergeant Sean Kelly-Martland said: "There are many dangers to counterfeit products, and it is a great result now this produce is off our streets.

"We will continue to work with partners to target those involved in this type of criminality."

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Bob Swann, said: "This is an excellent result and I’m pleased that we have taken these counterfeit products off the streets of Knowsley.

"Buying illegal tobacco is not a victimless crime. As well as hurting legitimate businesses, research shows that it helps to fund organised crime.

"Whenever we receive intelligence about illegal goods, we will always work closely with our colleagues at Merseyside Police and other partners to investigate and take the appropriate action."