Elderly man arrested after �35,000 of illegal tobacco seized in Kilburn

Seventy-year-old bailed to return to a police station next month

An elderly man has been bailed following the seizure of more than �35,000 of illegally imported tobacco in Kilburn.

Officers from the Kilburn High Road Tasking Team made the discovery after storming an address connected to man who was searched in Kilburn High Road.

The 70-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a false trade mark in the course of business following the raid on December 6.

He was later bailed pending further enquiries to return on a date in late January.

PC Russ Massie from the Kilburn High Road Tasking Team said: “Officers from both Camden and Brent Borough’s worked together successfully with Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise to take this significant amount of illegal tobacco off the streets.

“This tobacco, as well as not having its proper import duties paid, presented an affront to the businesses of Kilburn who licence with the local authorities to sell tobacco in a responsible and legal manner.

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“This unlawful street trading helps to fund serious organised crime across London and both Camden and Brent Boroughs will continue to target such illegal activity alongside local authorities and other Government agencies.”