Illegal tobacco war continues at home

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BUSTED AGAIN: (from left) Senior Constable Kim Pelling and Acting Sergeant Robyn Reid from Mansfield police seizing illegal tobacco during a warrant search in Mansfield last week.

JUST a month after Mansfield police raided a shop on Erril Street, seizing over 27kg of tobacco and more than 20,000 illegal cigarettes, the same proprietors have been caught red handed again.

Following a series of large scale illegal tobacco raids across the state in March, Mansfield police enacted a search on the local shop last month, uncovering thousands of dollars’ worth of the illegal ‘chop chop’.

Two offenders were charged at the time – a 45-year-old female from Mansfield and a 23-year-old man from Craigieburn.

Both were charged with the indictable offence of dealing proceeds of crime, along with several other charges.

They were then bailed to the Mansfield Magistrates Court for a future hearing.

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