Hunter Valley Police charge man after seizing illegal cigarettes, vapes and cash

Hunter Valley Police have charged a driver after they allegedly located hundreds of illegal cigarette packets, vapes and cash in a vehicle.

About 8.30pm yesterday (Saturday 22 June 2024), officers attached Hunter Valley Police District stopped a Toyota SUV on New England Highway, Parkville, for a random breath test.

During the stop, police allegedly located a large quantity of tabacco in the back seat of the SUV.

Following a search of the vehicle officers located and seized 682 packets of cigarettes, 40 vapes – hidden in exercise equipment – and over $52,000 in Australian currency.

The total street value of the items seized is estimated to be over $20,000.

The driver of the SUV, a 23-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station.

The man was charged with deal with property proceeds of crime less than $100,000, custody of knife in public place, possess tobacco 5 kilograms or above, convey/possess tobacco products reckless re defraud revenue, goods in personal custody suspected being stolen, restricted substance sold by non-wholesaler, deal with property proceeds of crime less than $100,000 and goods suspected stolen in/on premises.

The 23-year-old was refused bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court today (Sunday 23 June 2024).

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