Two arrested after more than two tonnes of tobacco seized in Altona North

Hobson’s Bay Crime Investigation Unit detectives seized more than two tonnes of illicit tobacco and cigarettes during a search warrant in Altona North last week.

Police were called to reports of a burglary at a business on Borrack Square about 4am on Thursday, 18 January.

It is understood offenders forced entry into a warehouse and stole tobacco products.

They fled the scene in a vehicle.

Detectives later executed a search warrant at the premises.

They allegedly uncovered 2,159 kilograms of illicit tobacco, as well as 341,000 loose cigarettes, 75,000 cigarette packages and 160 vapes.

A 43-year-old Altona man and a 48-year-old Point Cook man were interviewed in relation to the alleged sale of illegal tobacco.

They’ve both been released pending further enquiries.

The investigation into the burglary remains ongoing. For further information on this story, please visit:

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