Officers from Hastings Borough Council Licensing team joined Sussex Police and East Sussex County Council Trading Standards on a multi-agency enforcement check.
Off-licences and convenience stores across the borough were visited to make sure they were complying with their licences. And that they were operating within the law.
As a result, a large quantity of illegal cigarettes and tobacco were seized from several shops. Breaches of alcohol licences were also found and are being dealt with by the Council. One arrest was made. The operation will be carried out again soon.
Councillor Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for environmental services said: “Our licensing team continues to work hard with other statutory agencies to ensure a coordinated response. These operations are an excellent example of multi-agency working to stop the sale of illegal and untested products to the public.”