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Illegal cigarettes and tobacco seized in North Lanarkshire

An image of some of the illicit tobacco seized

North Lanarkshire Council’s trading standards officers have seized more than 24,000 illegal cigarettes as part of a joint operation to tackle the illegal tobacco trade.

In total, 24,500 cigarettes and 7.55kg of hand-rolling tobacco were removed from four premises in Coatbridge, Airdrie, Wishaw, and Newmains.

The action was part of Operation CeCe Scotland, a joint initiative between Scottish trading standards services and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to tackle the illegal tobacco trade at retail level.

The team were helped by Boo, a dedicated tobacco detection dog, who found the concealed products.

Paul Bannister, Protective Services Manager, said: “The trade in illegal tobacco products costs the Treasury £2bn each year and harms legitimate businesses, as well as presenting a serious danger to public health.”

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