Fake tobacco and alcohol seized in raids on businesses

Herts tobacco detection dog

Herts tobacco detection dog

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Fake cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol have been seized after raids on businesses in Hemel Hempstead and Tring.

A joint operation by Herts County Council’s trading standards officers, HM Revenue and Customs, the police and an environmental health officer from Dacorum Borough Council led to 2,080 cigarettes, 139 pouches of hand rolling tobacco, 2.7 litres of spirits and 113 bottles of wine.

Herts tobacco detection dog PNL-141219-171859001

Herts tobacco detection dog PNL-141219-171859001

Officers acting on prior intelligence targeted six commercial premises, four of which had stock that raised concerns.

They were also accompanied by a tobacco detection dog which helped find concealed stashes of tobacco at some of the premises that were visited.

The seized products will now be assessed and tested to see if any offences have been committed.

Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety at Herts County Council said: “It is extremely disappointing that some shopkeepers think they can get away with selling fake products and not paying duty on goods.

“In particular, those involved in dealing in illegal tobacco may be encouraging people, including children, to smoke by providing a cheap source.

“This operation should send out a clear warning to shopkeepers that we will take action to stop illicit trading of this nature.

“Any business owners who are unclear about the law should contact us for advice.”

Call Herts Trading Standards on 03454 040506 with information relating to the sale of counterfeit or illicit alcohol or tobacco.