Hertfordshire Trading Standards seize biggest ever haul of tobacco

Published: 29 Mar 2019

Illegal tobacco with an approximate street value of £40,000 has been seized by Hertfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards department.

An estimated 155,000 cigarettes and 30kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized from commercial premises and vehicles in Stevenage and Borehamwood last week. This was as a result of an investigation and a tip-off.

The operation was carried out in partnership with the Stevenage Police Neighbourhood Team and Wagtail UK Ltd, which provided a detection dog to assist officers on the scene.

Investigations to establish the authenticity of the tobacco products are now underway.

Guy Pratt, Deputy Director of Community Protection and Head of Trading Standards at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We will continue to tackle the sale of illegal tobacco.

“This undermines legitimate businesses and we want to put a stop to this trading so that genuine business can thrive in Hertfordshire.”

Inspector Simon Tabert, from the Stevenage Police Neighbourhood Team, added “Hertfordshire Trading Standards are a strong member of the Community Safety Partnership in Stevenage and we were pleased to support them in the operational phase of this investigation.”