Dog sniffs out record £100,000 Lewisham illegal tobacco hoard found by trading standards in Lee High Road

News Shopper: Jack the dog with his big find Jack the dog with his big find

A Lewisham retailer has been found with more than £100,000 worth of illegal tobacco – believed to be the biggest find by trading standards officers in the country.

The Lee High Road retailer was searched on March 22, but the shop's name has not been revealed.

Despite the owners claim not to stock cigarettes, trading standards officers used a dog called Jack to sniff out 600kg of illegal Chinese hand rolling tobacco, with a potential street value of more than £100,000.

The owner of the shop is now under investigation.

In the same week officers seized 10,000 Chinese cigarettes and counterfeit hand rolling tobacco in Deptford, and 15,000 Russian cigarettes in Lee Green

Lewisham Council cabinet member for customer services Councillor Susan Wise said: "Organised criminal gangs play a key role in the supply of illicit tobacco, especially counterfeit and smuggled cigarettes.

"This illegal trade does damage well beyond adverse health impacts and loss of government revenue as it can support other criminal activity such as the supply of controlled drugs, stolen goods and illegal alcohol."

Anyone with information should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0845 404 0506

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5:04pm Thu 27 Mar 14

the wall says...

Make them smoke it all.
Make them smoke it all. the wall
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5:33pm Thu 27 Mar 14

SidcupResident says...

It's a shame people are ignorant enough to buy the dodgy chinese/russian tobacco. Yeah, it's probably half the price but ten times worse for yourself.

The shop owners will probably get nominated for an MBE by the Department for Work & Pensions for killing off more people before pension age....
It's a shame people are ignorant enough to buy the dodgy chinese/russian tobacco. Yeah, it's probably half the price but ten times worse for yourself. The shop owners will probably get nominated for an MBE by the Department for Work & Pensions for killing off more people before pension age.... SidcupResident
  • Score: 18

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