Sniffer dogs find £15,000 of illegal cigs

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A pair of sniffer dogs found more than £15,000 of illegal tobacco during raids in Ilkeston and Heanor.

More than 27,000 cigarettes and 13.65kg of counterfeit and illegal rolling tobacco were seized at a shop in Ilkeston, a private house and two shops in Heanor on Tuesday June 11.

The joint raids, carried out by Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards officers and police, are part of a countywide crackdown on the rising sale of illegal cigarettes.

All the goods seized had been hidden – with some found within false panelled cupboards and in car boots.

Following the raids five men and a woman were arrested and questioned.

They have now all been bailed pending further enquiries.

A shop worker, who was caught illegally selling foreign cigarettes from a Long Eaton shop, was fined nearly £800 last month.