£5,000 worth of illegal goods seized from Stourbridge store

A stash of illegal cigarettes and tobacco, estimated to be worth £5,000, has been seized from a Stourbridge convenience store in a joint operation.

Following a tip off from the public that the owner was allegedly selling illegal vapes and tobacco to school children, Dudley Council’s trading standards and West Midlands Police visited the store on 12th November 12.

Using powers under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 a search revealed approximately £5000 worth of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco within a hidden compartment under the counter. 

A further examination revealed more than 180 illegal disposable vaping pens, all containing dangerously high levels of nicotine.

All illegal products were seized and the council will be pursuing further action against the business operator. Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

"This is an excellent result and I thank the member of the public who gave us the tip off. Their proactive action has resulted in illegal goods being seized and prevented them ending up in the hands of our young people.

"Shame on anyone who thinks is it acceptable to sell illegal goods but particularly on those selling to children. Thanks to the support of the police, we will continue our fight against illegal trading."

People can contact Dudley Trading Standards via an online reporting form or by calling 01384 814600.

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