More than a thousand packets of illegal cigarettes have been discovered in a series of raids in Northamptonshire.
Trading Standards and police along with sniffer dogs found the products as well as a hundred pouches of tobacco concealed in premises in Corby and Northampton.
Investigations are now ongoing.
Councillor André González de Savage, county council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, economic growth and public protection, said: Illegal cigarettes not only pose a risk to people s health but those involved in their sale are often linked to other forms of criminal activity, including drug dealing, money laundering, people trafficking and even terrorism.
These raids demonstrate how we work closely with the police to take action against anyone suspected of supplying or selling illegal tobacco products. If convicted, those responsible face a costly fine or even imprisonment.
Anyone being offered cheap tobacco or any other types of illicit goods should report it to Trading Standards by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.