In a significant operation, detectives from the Hobson’s Bay Crime Investigation Unit successfully confiscated more than two tonnes of illicit tobacco and cigarettes during a targeted search warrant in Altona North last week.
The investigation was initiated in response to a burglary reported at a business on Borrack Square around 4 am on Thursday, January 18. Offenders forcibly entered a warehouse, making off with tobacco products, before fleeing the scene in a vehicle.
Following the incident, detectives swiftly executed a search warrant at the implicated premises. The operation revealed a substantial cache of contraband, including 2,159 kilograms of illicit tobacco, 341,000 loose cigarettes, 75,000 cigarette packages, and 160 vapes.
During the subsequent interviews, a 43-year-old Altona man and a 48-year-old Point Cook man were questioned regarding their alleged involvement in the illegal tobacco trade. Both individuals have been released pending further investigations, while the inquiry into the burglary continues.
This successful operation underscores the commitment of law enforcement to combat the illicit trade of tobacco products, ensuring the safety and security of the community.