Thousands of illegal cigarettes and tobacco have been discovered under a manhole cover, hanging over the rough sewers at the back of a store in Leamington.
More than 30,000 cigarettes and 100 packets of roll-your-own tobacco were seized when Warwickshire County Council Trade Standards officers raided shops in the south Leamington area.
Acting on the basis of intelligence, officers visited several stores and discovered suspected counterfeit and unpaid cigarettes and tobacco hidden in an outside drain, in roadside wheelie bins and in a secret hiding place behind buildings. shelves.
Warwickshire County Councilor Andy Crump, Community Safety Portfolio Holder, said: ‘The availability of cheap illegal cigarettes and tobacco makes it easier for young people to start smoking and more difficult for existing smokers to. Stop.
“The criminal gangs that sell these products are warned that there is nowhere they can hide these products, that we will not find them.”
“Warwickshire trade standards will continue to disrupt the activities of illegal sellers and suppliers of cigarettes and tobacco in Leamington and Warwickshire. “
People can report the sale of illegal tobacco to Warwickshire Trading Standards through the Central England Trading Standards Authority’s anonymous automated hotline: 0300 303 2636 or online: https://centsa.org.uk/anonymous-hotline/