Thousands of illicit cigarettes were seized by police and trading standards officers in raids in Wisbech.
Cambridgeshire Trading Standards officers used tobacco detection dogs from Wagtail and support from Cambridgeshire Police and HM Revenue and Customs to carry out the operation at three premises in Wisbech last Friday.
One shop had over 16,000 cigarettes hidden which the specially trained dogs detected.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Acting Head of Supporting Businesses and Communities, Aileen Andrews said “We won’t tolerate illicit tobacco and cigarettes in our county. Tobacco fraud costs the UK £2 billion a year in lost taxes which should be spent on public services. We want to see health improvement in this county and with poor and disadvantageous communities and young people often the target of this cheap tobacco, it does not encourage people to quit. Offenders need to know that they will face consequences if they choose to deal in these illegal products.”