A guard dog found hundreds of thousands of pounds of counterfeit cigarettes during a raid.
Bexley’s Business Standards, along with the Metropolitan Police, removed 62,940 of the illegal queers from a grocery store in Erith in a recent raid.
Officers discovered illicit cigarettes and hand-rolled tobacco stacked in two storerooms behind the grocery store on September 10.
Bexley’s trade standards officers initially conducted a covert operation, acting on information from the Metropolitan Police.
Officers discovered that the store was selling contraband tobacco products under the counter.
During the raid, trade standards officers and police bagged 3,147 packs of cigarettes and 42 kilograms of hand-rolling tobacco, estimated to be worth £ 32,000, along with other criminal evidence.
It took officers several hours to remove 14 bags of evidence from the two storerooms, storage cabinets and fake industrial packaging used to cover up its illegal import into the UK.
The transport has not been produced or packaged for legal sale in the UK. When tested, goods seized are likely to violate UK safety regulations which require cigarettes to self-extinguish to prevent home fires.
Councilor Peter Craske, Bexley’s cabinet member for the scene, said: ‘Illicit tobacco not only hinders our efforts to reduce smoking in the borough, but also poses a serious fire risk to the residents of Bexley. .
“The successful foreclosure made a huge dent in the cash profits of these determined
“We will continue to work with the Metropolitan Police to track down and stop the sale of contraband and dangerous goods under the counter. “
Investigations into trade standards are ongoing.
You can report illicit tobacco sales by calling the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 0808 223 1133.