Police raid turns up illicit tobacco across region

Police have seized large amounts of illicit tobacco after searching a number of businesses around the region.

On Thursday, June 28, Murray Bridge and Mount Barker police searched two shops at Strathalbyn and Murray Bridge and seized a large amount of illicit tobacco from both premises. 

A Strathalbyn man and woman, aged 19 and 45, were reported for breaches of the Tobacco Regulations Act regarding the seizure at Strathalbyn.

A 58-year-old Murray Bridge woman was reported for breaches of the Tobacco Regulations Act regarding the seizure at Murray Bridge.

The day prior a Mount Barker shop was searched and another large amount of illicit tobacco was found packaged in vacuum sealed bags.

A 41-year-old man from Mt Barker was issued an expiation notice for breaches of the Tobacco Regulations Act, namely selling by retail and selling tobacco in packaging that does not comply with regulations (Expiation notice of $375 for each offence).

The same premises was searched on Tuesday, July 3, with another haul of illicit tobacco being seized and a 19-year-old Strathalbyn man was issued an expiation notice.

Mount Barker detectives are continuing the investigations.