Tobacco Detection News

Devon Trading Standards officers seized illegal tobacco products and vapes with an estimated value of over £166,000 during a joint operation with Devon & Cornwall Police, all thanks to Griff the specialist tobacco detection dog from Pembrokeshire based B.W.Y Canine Ltd. 

Sandwell Council teams and West Midlands Police, supported by Cooper the sniffer dog from Pembrokeshire based B.W.Y Canine Ltd, recently carried out a raid at a shop in West Bromwich. Cooper the Fox red Labrador is one of very few specialist detection dogs in the UK, trained to locate illegal, over-sized vape products, which comes in very handy when retail shops try to hide their illegal vapes in sophisticated concealments. 

A huge haul of illegal cigarette worth more than £25,000 has been seized from businesses in the town of Bletchley, all thanks to a specialist search dog called Griff. 

A joint operation into “multiple businesses” was launched by Milton Keynes City Council Trading Standards, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and Thames Valley Police.

One of the most sophisticated illegal tobacco concealments to be found in the North East was discovered by Cooper, a highly trained detection dog working for Wales based company B.W.Y Canine Ltd. Trading standards officers say the brick-built working barbie, which could be lifted up and down by remotely operated hydraulics, concealed a wooden chest full of cigarettes. It was one of the most sophisticated contraptions for hiding tobacco they had ever found.

Over 248,520 illegal cigarettes and 84.35Kgs of tobacco have been seized in Kent thanks to specialist detection dogs from Wales based B.W.Y Canine Ltd. A team of five dogs supported the large multi-agency operation, code named Operation Puggle, during two days of action in Gravesened, Kent.

Tobacco detection dogs Bran, Yoyo, Cooper and Griff together with bank note detection dog Maggie made a huge impact on the sale and distribution of illegal tobacco and cigarettes. The dog are handled by Stuart Phillips who has an enviable reputation as a multi-award winning detection dog trainer in the UK. 

An Eastbourne illegal tobacco seller has been given a custodial sentence after being caught hiding illegal tobacco by specialist detection dog Yoyo.

Nezar Shaban Hadi was convicted at Hove Crown Court following an investigation into his store, Little Convenience, by a specialist tobacco search dog and officers from East Sussex Trading Standards Service. 

Thousands of illegal cigarettes have been seized in Kent, thanks to specialist tobacco search dogs from Wales based B.W.Y Canine Ltd. During the two day operation in Dover and Margate, one person was arrested and tobacco, mobile phones and a car was seized. The multi-agency operation was part of the national Operation CeCe crackdown on illegal tobacco supply and distribution. 

More than 40,000 illegal cigarettes and nearly 24kg of counterfeit tobacco seized, thanks to specialist search dog Cooper. 

Search dogs from Pembrokeshire based B.W.Y Canine Ltd have located over £300,000 worth of illegal tobacco products during a joint operation with Sheffield Trading Standards and Greater Manchester Police.
Veteran sniffer dog Yoyo a working cocker spaniel joined forces with Cooper a fox red Labrador to identify more than half a million illegal cigarettes and over 2000 pouches of hand rolling tobacco, hidden in shipping containers in Rochdale.


Croydon Council trading standards and HM Revenue and Customs teamed up with specialist detection dogs from Wales to track down and seize illegal tobacco worth over £300,000 from a Croydon storage unit. Croydon's "Operation CeCe" was hailed a massive success by the man who trained and handled the specialist search dogs, Stuart Phillips, from Pembrokeshire based B.W.Y Canine Ltd. 

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Formed in 2009, B.W.Y CANINE is a leading supplier of specialist detection dogs for UK and international clients. B.W.Y CANINE provides a range of sniffer dog services to a very diverse range of clients for detecting Drugs, Explosives, Firearms and Counterfeit Tobacco. Our clients include Police Services, Trading Standards, Private Companies, NHS Trusts, Oil Refineries and the 3rd largest Port Authority in the UK.

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