A sniffer dog led police and trading standards officers to illegal cigarettes stashed in a hidden compartment in a Spalding shop’s store room floor.
Kubus, in Sheep Market, was raided in October 2013 when 7,820 cigarettes were found by tobacco detection dog, Indie.
Senior trading standards officer Emma Milligan said: “It isn’t very often that we find a shop keeper has gone to such lengths to hide illegal cigarettes.
“Our tobacco dog indicated that she had found something in a store room and we managed to find a switch by the counter which triggered the hidden platform.
“Cigarettes that don’t have the UK safety messages on them are illegal and they also haven’t had any tax paid on them, which isn’t fair on the majority of shops which sell genuine ones.”
Hardi Tofiq Mohammed (29) appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to four charges relating to the illegal cigarettes.
He was conditionally discharged for two years and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
• Trading Standards are urging anyone who believes a trader is dealing in illegal, fake or duty free cigarettes to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.