Counterfeit vapes and tobacco worth £12,000 seized as man charged

Officers acting on intelligence stopped a vehicle in Fife on Wednesday June 21.

Counterfeit vapes and tobacco worth £12,000 seized as man charged in Fife

A man has been charged with alleged money laundering related offences after a five-figure sum of money was seized along with suspected counterfeit vapes and tobacco.

Acting on intelligence, officers from Police Scotland Fife CID working in conjunction with officers from the Road Policing Unit stopped a vehicle around 7am on Wednesday, June 21.

A five-figure sum of money was seized as well as a large quantity of suspected counterfeit vapes and tobacco with an estimated value of £12,000. 

A 44-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection.

Enquiries remain ongoing and officers are working in partnership with Fife Trading Standards.

Detective constable Jason Davies said: “We will continue to work closely with our partners to deter anyone involved in the illicit trade of illegal or counterfeit goods to ensure they are taken off the streets of Fife.

“These items can pose health risks to consumers and the unregulated sale of such items can lead on occasions to these items coming into possession of children and young persons.

“If you have any information or concerns about illegal or counterfeit products within the local community, please get in touch with Fife Council Trading Standards or Police Scotland via 101.

“Alternatively calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.”

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