£40,000’s worth of illegal tobacco seized in Stevenage and Borehamwood raids

£40,000 worth of illegal tobacco was seized by Herts County Council a fortnight ago. Picture: Herts

£40,000 worth of illegal tobacco was seized by Herts County Council a fortnight ago. Picture: Herts County Council - Credit: Archant

£40,000’s worth of illegal tobacco has been seized in Stevenage and Borehamwood after a tip-off received by Hertfordshire County Council’s trading standards department.

£40,000 worth of illegal tobacco was seized by Herts County Council a fortnight ago. Picture: Herts

£40,000 worth of illegal tobacco was seized by Herts County Council a fortnight ago. Picture: Herts County Council - Credit: Archant

An estimated 155,000 cigarettes and 30kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized from commercial premises and vehicles a fortnight ago.

The operation was carried out in partnership with the Stevenage Police Neighbourhood Team and Wagtail UK, which provided a detection dog to assist officers.

An investigation to establish the authenticity of the tobacco is under way.

Stevenage Police Neighbourhood Team Inspector Simon Tabard said: “Hertfordshire Trading Standards are a strong member of the Community Safety Partnership in Stevenage and we were pleased to support them in the operational phase of this investigation.”


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Guy Pratt, Head of Hertfordshire Trading Standards at the county council, added: “We will continue to tackle the sale of illegal tobacco.

“This undermines legitimate businesses and we want to put a stop to this trading so that genuine business can thrive in Hertfordshire.”

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