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£3m worth of illegal vapes seized in Oldham

November 18, 2023

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Three million pounds worth of illegal vapes were seized following a raid on a storage unit in Oldham on Wednesday.

The visit was led by the Rochdale Division Partnership Enforcement Team – which consists of Housing Enforcement, Counter Fraud, Trading Standards, and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) – who were acting on intelligence linked to a current investigation.

During the visit in Victoria Street, Chadderton, a quantity of counterfeit clothing was located – and a huge haul of illegal vapes.

The vapes, which numbered in their thousands, had an estimated value of approximately £3 million.

The vapes and clothing were seized and enquiries are ongoing.

Inspector Gareth Davies, from GMP’s Rochdale district, said: “Our partnership team is committed to keeping illegal products off our streets. We will continue to take proactive action to tackle illegal vaping products and ensure that these potentially harmful products are kept out of stores.

“Our work has already seen us seize countless vapes, through a mixture of store visits, raids, and warrants across anywhere that we receive intelligence.”