More than £60,000 worth of counterfeit cigarettes discovered at property in Swindon

A 41-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of counterfeit goods and money laundering.  Credit: Wiltshire police

More than £60,000 worth of counterfeit cigarettes have been seized by police in Swindon.

Officers from Wiltshire Police stopped a car in Haydon Wick on the evening of Wednesday 5 August and carried out a search of the vehicle.

A 41-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of counterfeit goods and money laundering. 

A search of a nearby house was then carried out where more cigarettes and tobacco were found.

We would like to thank the local community for the information they provided us with in relation to suspicious activity at the address as this assisted greatly with the investigation.

Insp Barry Reed

Insp Barry Reed said, "This was a significant find - we believe the cigarettes and tobacco seized to be in excess of £60,000 worth and we are now working closely with Trading Standards and HMRC to progress this investigation. "We would like to thank the local community for the information they provided us with in relation to suspicious activity at the address as this assisted greatly with the investigation."The man has since been released under investigation.