24th June 2024

Huge tobacco seizure in Derbyshire

More than £255,000 worth of illicit cigarettes, tobacco and vapes were discovered at two premises.


By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team
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The selling of cheap illegal tobacco can undermine efforts to help people stop smoking and can be a cheap source for children to start smoking

Officers from Derbyshire Trading Standards have seized more than £255,000 worth of illicit cigarettes, hand-rolling tobacco and vapes over the past fortnight.

More than 363,000 illicit cigarettes and 20kg of hand-rolling tobacco were discovered at a premises in South Derbyshire in one of the biggest such finds in recent years. The products are estimated to have an illegal market value of £115,000 and a high street value of approximately £250,000, according to the council.

Boxes full of illegal tobacco and cigarettes (image credit: Derbyshire County Council)

In a separate raid supported by officers from Derbyshire Police, more than 1,000 illicit cigarettes, 1.25kg of hand-rolling tobacco and 280 illicit vapes were found at a premises in Erewash, with an approximate combined value of £6,000.

Investigations into the business involved are ongoing, with the potential for subsequent prosecutions.

Executive Director for Place at Derbyshire County Council, Chris Henning, said: “We are continually working across the county to tackle the supply of illegal tobacco and vapes, acting on information from many different sources, including from members of the public, partner agencies and other enforcement bodies.

“The latest seizures enforced by Trading Standards show that the supply of illegal products is not tolerated in Derbyshire and action will be taken against those who continually flout the law.

“While compliant vapes are substantially less harmful than smoking, illegal ones can pose health risks as the nicotine content can be far higher than is allowed. It is also acknowledged that the selling of cheap illegal tobacco can undermine efforts to help people stop smoking and can be a cheap source for children to start smoking.

“Any sale of illegal products also undermines legitimate traders who are trying to make a living and takes vital revenue away from our public services.”

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