Over 40,000 cigarettes and 24Kg of hand rolling tobacco have been seized thanks to specialist search dogs from Pembrokeshire based B.W.Y Canine Ltd.
Officers from Gateshead Council's Trading Standards team and Police Officers from Northumbria Police uncovered the haul at Whitehall Corner Shop on Rawling Road, and Ali Baba on Coatsworth Road, with the assistance of a specially trained search dogs called Cooper and Yoyo.
The vast majority of the illegal products were located within vehicles associated with the owners of the shops, as well as a quantity at a private residence. A further amount was found concealed in a hidden compartment within a stock room and would have not been located without the assistance of tobacco search dog Cooper, a fox red Labrador.
The searches took place as part of Operation CeCe, a national Trading Standards initiative in partnership with HMRC to tackle illegal tobacco.
Read more here: https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/20813/Raids-uncover-Illegal-tobacco-and-vaping-products-linked-to-Bensham-shops