Illegal cigs with retail value of £40,000 seized from Chesterfield property

Illegal cigarettes with a retail value of �40,000 have been seized from a house in Chesterfield.
Illegal cigarettes with a retail value of �40,000 have been seized from a house in Chesterfield.

Illegal cigarettes with a retail value of £40,000 have been seized from a house in Chesterfield.

They were taken from the property during an operation carried out by Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers working with Derbyshire police.

Officers searching the property on Thursday November 15 found 42,420 cigarettes and 35.5kg (710 pouches) of tobacco. About £1,000 cash was also seized.

A 67-year-old man and a woman, 55, are due to be questioned in relation to the goods by trading standards officials.

Cabinet member for health and communities, Councillor Carol Hart, said: “Illegal cigarettes and tobacco risk people’s health and threaten the livelihood of honest businesses and we will continue to work with the police to bring people who sell it to justice.

“This is another successful operation for our trading standards team which demonstrates our clear message to traders who sell illegal tobacco – we will not tolerate it.”

Anyone with information about the sale of illegal tobacco should contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline 03454 04 05 06 and tell them you want to report a trader to Trading Standards.

You can also fill in an online form, or find out more information, on www.citizensadvice.org.uk.

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, call 101.