PoliceÂ officers seized approximately 14,480 illegal cigarettes following a series of warrants carried out in Wisbech earlier this week (Tuesday July 1).
The warrants were led by Fenland DistrictÂ Council in a joint operation between police, Cambridgeshire Trading Standards, the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), and HM Revenue and Customs.
In addition to the recovered cigarettes, a shop worker was interviewed under caution.
Specialist sniffer dogs were used during the searches.
Chief Inspector Robin Sissons, Fenland District Commander, said: “These warrants send out a clear message to local retailers that the sale and distribution of illegal tobacco products will not be tolerated. We will continue to pursue those believed to be involved in this type of crime.â€
Aileen Andrews from Cambridgeshire Trading Standards said: “This demonstrates the positive outcomes of working in partnership to protect our consumers. Those involved in dealing in illegal tobacco are seen to be encouraging people, including children, to smoke by providing a cheap source. By using these highly trained dogs we were able to seize non-duty paid products which cannot be legally sold in the UK. Offenders need to know that they will face consequences if they choose to deal in these illegal products.”