Over 250,000 illegal Croydon cigarettes seized

A haul of illegal tobacco, totalling over 250,000 cigarettes, was unearthed by detection dogs in Croydon.

Officers from Croydon Trading Standards, working with HMRC as part of Operation Ce Ce, targeted the location in the borough thanks to the use of intelligence – and the super-sniffers from BWY K9.

The dog, called Yo-Yo, signalled the presence of illegal tobacco that was hidden from the naked eye, and officers swopped in to discover a total of 270,620 cigarettes and 14.8 kilos of hand rolling tobacco.

The crackdown was part of Operation CeCe, a national campaign which focuses on joint working between trading standards and HM Revenue and Customs.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone who is prosecuted and convicted of being involved in selling or supplying illegal tobacco can face penalties including up to 10 years in prison and an unlimited fine.

If you have any information about Illegal Tobacco, or anything else Trading Standards should know about, please contact us using our online reporting tool on this website – which can also be found here.

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