A legal seller of tobacco products in Cobram was raided by the Australian Department of Health last week.
Cobram Lotto and Free Choice Tobacconist owner Dean Clydesdale was stunned last Wednesday when department officials came through his front door to check compliance with plain packaging laws.
Mr Clydesdale said representatives from the department spent 40 minutes trawling through his merchandise and collecting details about his business.
‘‘They said they came because I have made complaints about illegal tobacco,’’ he said.
‘‘I don’t understand why they come banging on my door when they know illegal products are being sold in town.
‘‘There is no way I would risk selling the type of illegal products they’re looking for.’’
A Health Department spokesman said he was unable to comment on its investigations under the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011.
‘‘These investigations are conducted on the packaging and appearance of tobacco products under the act,’’ the spokesman said.
‘‘They are not conducted to check if the products are illicit on the basis of excise and customs duties not being paid.’’
The raid comes after The Courier was able to buy illegal tobacco products from Cobram Gift and Cigarette Accessories earlier this month.
Ritchies IGA supermarket confirmed it did not receive a visit from the department and it is unclear if Cobram Gift and Cigarette Accessories was inspected.
The Courier attempted to contact Cobram Gift and Cigarette Accessories for comment but it does not have a phone number, the owner does not work in the shop and its Facebook page has been taken down.