Specially trained dogs help sniff out dodgy tobacco in Banbury, Bicester and Oxford
Operation resulted in nearly 6,000 illegal cigarettes - many suspected of being counterfeit - being seized from a vehicle linked to a shop.
Specially trained tobacco dogs from Pembrokeshire company B.W.Y Canine Ltd have given trading standards a helping paw in their search for smuggled and fake tobacco products across the county.
Detection dogs Yoyo and Cooper accompanied Oxfordshire County Council’s officers during visits in Banbury, Bicester and Oxford.
Premises were targeted based on prior intelligence. The visits resulted in nearly 6,000 illegal cigarettes – many suspected of being counterfeit – being seized from a vehicle linked to one shop and over 21,000 grams of shisha tobacco from another.
This was a successful operation and forms part of Oxfordshire County Council's ongoing strategy to identify and disrupt the supply of illegal tobacco.Jody Kerman - Oxfordshire County Council's Head of Trading Standards
Criminals dealing in illegal tobacco provide a cheap source of supply that can easily end up in the hands of young people whose developing lungs are particularly sensitive to the harm tobacco causes. It also encourages adults to carry on smoking, when giving up would dramatically improve their health and wealth.