Detectives have seized illicit white cigarettes, air pistols, tobacco and cash as part of a multi-agency investigation into the supply of illegal tobacco in Sydney’s north-west.
Last year, investigators from Trademark Investigation Services (TMIS), contacted NSW Police about a man suspected of selling illegal tobacco from a market place in Sydney’s north-west.
Following the contact from TMIS, detectives from the Property Crime Squad and police from Quakers Hill Local Area Command formed Strike Force Kanundra to investigate the man.
On Friday 18 July 2014, detectives were joined by officers from Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and TMIS in executing search warrants at a market place in Parklea and a home in Merrylands.
At the marketplace in Parklea, police spoke to a 49-year-old Merrylands man and seized numerous illicit white cigarettes, laser pointers, illegal tobacco, ice pipes, documents and mobile phones.
During the Merrylands search warrant, police located and seized illicit tobacco, two air operated pistols, cash documents and mobile phones.
Inquiries are continuing and legal action is anticipated.