Sniffer dog Milo, Solihull Trading Standards and West Midlands Police were out and about in the borough yesterday.
Milo did a great job and seemed to really enjoy helping us carry out inspections at a number of shops to make sure that illegal tobacco is not being secretly stashed to sell.
We found a small quantity of non duty paid cigarettes but we are glad to say that the majority of shops only had legitimate goods. However, we will continue to keep our eyes and ears open for any hint of illegal merchandise being sold in Solihull!
If you have any information about illegal tobacco or alcohol being sold in the borough you can call us confidentially on 03454 04 05 06.
Ace sniffer dog Dixie had a good night out recently as she picked up a gong for ‘Excellence in Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement.’ She has helped trading standards teams across the UK to sniff out thousands of counterfeit cigarettes.
Watch this space – Solihull Trading Standards may be out sooner than you think with our little helpers too!
Solihull Trading Standards have used specially trained dogs in the past (and will be doing so in the near future) to check premises for artfully concealed stashes of illegal tobacco. These may be counterfeit or non duty paid goods VERY carefully hidden from our prying eyes.
Just to show you the lengths to which people will go to in concealing their dodgy stuff Solihull Trading Standards recently seized illegal tobacco concealed inside a hollowed out fire extinguisher, stereo speakers and in the cash till itself!
Sellers of illegal goods are going to increasingly bizarre lengths to cover up their crimes. We are utilising every method we can get to stop them. If you believe illegal tobacco or alcohol is being sold in Solihull please call us on 03454 05 06. These people undermine legitimate traders and will often be involved in more serious crimes.
Birmingham Trading Standards and their little helpers (provided by BWY Tobacco Detection Dog Services) have sniffed out over 27,000 illegal cigarettes and 120 packets of hand rolling tobacco during raids on Birmingham shops and off licenses. The goods (valued at £11,800) were hidden under fridges, in roof spaces and in a cellar.
Bertie the sniffer dog had a good day when he found this secret chute in the first floor of a newsagent in Manchester. The shopkeeper Amir Sohail would radio through an illegal cigarette or tobacco order to upstairs and the smuggled goods would magically pop down the chute.
£10,000 of cigarettes, loose tobacco and snuff were found hidden upstairs.
Mr Sohail was fined £3,000, pus £957 costs and a £300 victim of crime surcharge.