Illegal cigarettes discovered by sniffer dogs in Slough

SPECIAL sniffer dogs played a major role in helping officers find thousands of pounds of illegal cigarettes in Slough.

Slough Trading Standards officers Cooper and Yo-Yo sniffer dogs worked together to track down more than 1,000 illegal cigarettes from stores.

Trading Standards Officers visited seven shops in Slough last week looking for illegal tobacco.

Aided by Cooper, a ginger Labrador and Yo-Yo, a cocker spaniel from BWY Canine, they managed to find illegal tobacco in the boot of an unlocked, abandoned car – with a street value of over £10,000.

A total of four seizures have been made as part of an ongoing campaign to stamp out the illegal tobacco trade in Slough.

Councilor Balvinder S Bains, Cabinet Member for Regulation and Public Protection, said: ‘Our goal is to rid Slough of people who sell and buy illegal tobacco at low prices.

“Residents may not realize they are buying illegal tobacco, or they may not care because it is cheap, however, traders should definitely be aware that it is illegal and that ‘they’re breaking the law by selling it, even secretly.

“These retailers are not only selfishly cashing in in a way that is unfair to other merchants, but harming the local economy in a way that is potentially harmful to residents.

“We will not tolerate this in Slough, and we will not hesitate to take action against those we find breaking the law.”

Illegal tobacco, often undercutting legal and taxed products, means traders can slash the prices of other locals nearby, leading to unfair competition.

And cheaper prices often mean people are less likely to quit because cost is no longer an incentive to quit.

Further action against premises where illegal tobacco was found is being considered, including prosecution for the offences.

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