Posted on 9th May 2018
Police and trading standards officers have seized 28,840 illegal cigarettes and more than 15kg of tobacco with a potential retail value of around £21,000 from a house in Chesterfield.
Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team joined Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards teams during a search of a property in Newbold on Thursday 3 May where they also seized £4,000 in cash.
Sgt Matt Adams of the Newbold and Brockwell Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The use of illegal cigarettes and tobacco can put people’s health at risk and the sale of them can sometimes be linked to more serious organised crime groups.
“We are grateful for the support of our local communities and our team will continue to work with partner agencies to investigate and act on information passed to us about counterfeit and illegal products to ensure we keep consumers safe and stand up for legitimate local traders.”
A 44 year old man and a 43 year old woman are due to be questioned in relation to the goods by Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team which is leading the investigation.
Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: "This is another successful operation for our trading standards team which demonstrates our clear message to traders who sell illegal tobacco that we will not tolerate it – they will be caught.
"We will continue to work with Derbyshire police to take a hard line against retailers who break the law, risk people's health and threaten the livelihoods of honest businesses.”
Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco should call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline 03454 04 05 06 and tell them you want to report a trader to Trading Standards. You can also fill in an online form, or find out more information, on the website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk.
To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, or send them a message online through the My Local Police pages of the website by clicking here.