Trading standards seize 7,000 illegal cigarettes and 6kg of illegal tobacco during raids in Bath
Seven thousand cigarettes and 6kg of tobacco has been seized during raids on six Bath businesses and two houses as part of a crackdown on the illegal tobacco trade.
A specialist sniffer dog was used during the day of action on Tuesday, which involved trading standards officers from Bath and North East Somerset Council, Avon and Somerset Police and HMRC.
A large quantity of illegal alcohol was also taken from one of the shops involved.
So far nobody has been arrested, but investigations are continuing.
The raids were carried out because of intelligence provided by members of the public, who had attended a council roadshow in June and told council officers they wanted to see action taken to stamp out illegal tobacco in their communities.
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