Dogs sniff out illegal cigarettes hidden behind toilet in Boston shop

The cigarettes sniffed out in Boston
The cigarettes sniffed out in Boston

More than 9,000 illegal cigarettes have been seized from a Boston off-licence in a swoop carried out by police and Trading Standards officers.

The operation was carried out at Central Food and Wine, in West Street last Monday.



Bradley and Buster, tobacco detection dogs, accompanied officers to sniff out the illicit cigarettes.

In total, 9,260 were found. They were hidden in concealment next to a toilet, underneath the counter and in a store room (see above left).

Of these, 2,240 were Jin Ling cigarettes, which are illegal in the UK and potentially dangerous.

On the same day, officers also seized 4.6kg of counterfeit tobacco and a small quantity of illicit cigarettes from a house in Eastwood Road, Fishtoft.

Ian Newell, service manager for Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said: “These products are smuggled, counterfeit and unsafe, they are not the bargain they seem to be.

“People who sell illegal cigarettes to often unsuspecting consumers, are effectively encouraging them to smoke products that may be filled with dirt, unregulated chemicals or even rat droppings.

“The detection dogs can find tobacco and cigarettes wherever they are hidden, even in the most unlikely of places.

“Offenders will face the consequences if they choose to deal in these illegal products.”

In the last year, Trading Standards has seized almost 200,000 illicit cigarettes and about 50kg of hand-rolled tobacco from premises across the county.

l If you believe a trader is supplying illegal, fake or duty free goods call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.