10th July 2024

Kent TS nabs tobacco and vapes

Kent Trading Standards joined forces with Kent Police to remove illicit products from sale.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

 Kent County Council Trading Standards and Kent Police have seized large amounts of illegal vapes and counterfeit tobacco from two businesses in Dover.

During joint investigations on 3 July, Officers found illegal vapes at one premises and counterfeit tobacco at another.

Dover town beat officer PC Ben Goff said: “This work was carried out after we received information regarding the sale of the illegal goods in the area. We continue to support Trading Standards in their investigation following these seizures.

“Very often the sale of illicit tobacco helps to fund organised criminal gangs which causes wider implications in the community, so any reports made to authorities regarding businesses selling such products are looked into robustly.”

A spokesman for Kent County Council Trading Standards commented: “This operation was a great success and is an excellent example of how all partner agencies working together can have such a huge impact on this area of illegal activity. In total over 3,000 cigarettes, 2kg of hand rolling tobacco and 1,000 illegal vapes were removed from the town centre.”

“Trading Standards will continue to organise and coordinate activity to target those individuals and businesses causing the greatest amount of harm to our communities and the legitimate economy.”

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