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.
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.
A little assistance from our furry friends helped West Sussex Trading Standards secure a conviction against a shop owner for selling illicit cigarettes.
32-year-old Aram Ramadan has recieved a 12-week prison sentence suspended for a year and been told to pay £2180 in fines and cost.
Following previous seizures of foreign-labelled cigarettes and tobacco, officers returned to Ramadan’s store at 120 Montague Street in February 2014 after a tip-off that counterfeit goods were again being sold there.
In total, 14,300 cigarettes and 13.55 kg of tobacco worth approximately just under £11k were seized
There is no hiding from our canine assistants. East Sussex Trading Standards, with a little help from Scamp the sniffer dog, found illegal tobacco hidden behind a wall in a shop yesterday.
Counterfeit cigarettes can contain all kinds of horrible ingredients which you really would not want to inhale. Solihull Trading Standards have also seen that you certainly don’t get the bargain you think you are getting as recently seized tobacco pouchesare well under the advertised weight go to show.
If you think counterfeit or non duty paid tobacco is being sold in Solihull please call us via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.
NorthamptonshireTrading Standards have found more than 14,000 cigarettes and 1.4kg of tobacco hidden in walls, under floorboards and inside furniture in a recent crackdown. A sniffer dog helped them unearth the concealments and all goods were seized.
Operation Henry, England’s first large scale operation by trading standards against illegal tobacco products, uncovered more than 2.5 million cigarettes with a value of over £600,000. See the full article here:
Solihull Trading Standards took part in the operation and visited numerous premises across the borough with our new chums above. The traders we visited all had legitimate goods and we did not find any illicit tobacco products.
If you have any doubts over potentially counterfeit or non-duty paid tobacco being sold in Solihull please call us via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.
Snifffer dogs are a well known part of law enforcement. However, their ability to smell illicit tobacco is maye less well known. Solihull Trading Standards recently used the well tuned noses of our best friends to hunt out any counterfeit tobacco products across the borough. We visited numerous tobacconists in Solihull to see whether illegal cigarettes were on the premises, either overtly or concealed. We did not find any tobacconist selling what they shouldn’t.
You may think you are getting a good deal if you buy cheap, counterfeit cigarettes. If you knew some of the horrible things they put into them you may change your mind..
If you know of anyone selling counterfeit tobacco products please contact us immediately via Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06