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Counterfeit goods and drugs stashed in sweet tubs seized in joint operation
29 May | 10:17

A haul of counterfeit clothing and drugs have been seized by officers during a raid on a Newcastle property.

Officers from Northumbria Police and the North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit (NERSOU) joined forces with Trading Standards officials last month (April) to carry out a targeted strike on an unoccupied property in the Elswick area of Newcastle.

A sweep of the house discovered a stash of counterfeit items including 145 pieces of clothing and accessories and 286 logo badges. A total of 6,440 cigarettes, 3.05kg of hand rolling tobacco, 1.4kg of cannabis stuffed in sweet tubs and 1,300 tablets were also seized from the property.

Following the warrant, a 36-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman were questioned in relation to drugs offences and the investigation continues.

A spokesperson for the NERSOU Disruption Team said: “Some people may think selling counterfeit goods or illegal cigarettes is a victimless crime, but we know that more often than not, these goods are a product of organised crime.

"Groups can often supply them into the area with the sole purpose of making money to allow them to continue their illicit activities.

“By working with our partners we can ensure a joined up approach to making sure harmful substances are prevented from reaching our communities. We can also make sure we prevent counterfeit goods being sold which line the pockets of criminal organisations.

"We are committed to pursuing criminals and protecting our communities as part of Operation Sentinel, which is our collaborative approach to tackling serious and organised crime, and we will continue to work with partners to prevent and disrupt these groups."

Cllr Nick Kemp, cabinet member for environment at Newcastle City Council said “The council takes issues of illegal and counterfeit goods very seriously and we continue to work hard with our partners to ensure that Newcastle is a safe city.

“We hope this seizure serves as a warning to others that we will continue to take action against those who choose to sell potentially dangerous products, and that those suspected of trading illegitimate goods will continue to be targeted by our officers.”

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