ABOUT 25,000 cigarettes as well as hand rolling tobacco has been seized in two Flintshire raids.
A joint operation between Flintshire Trading Standards and North Wales Police resulted in the seizure of illicit tobacco at stores in Mold and Shotton.
Specialist sniffer dogs located the tobacco hidden in a computer tower and behind false panelling underneath a shop counter on Thursday.
Investigations into the source of the cigarettes are ongoing.
Flintshire Council confirmed no arrests were made during the raids
Cllr Kevin Jones, Flintshire Council cabinet member for public protection, said: “The sale of cheap illicit tobacco makes it easier for new smokers to get addicted and makes it harder for smokers who want to give up break the habit.
“Far from being a victimless crime, the trade in illicit tobacco has serious consequences for crime and health in the community and causes economic detriment to legitimate local businesses.”
Anyone wanting to report sales of illicit tobacco can do so by calling Trading Standards on 08454 040506.
Illicit tobacco products have been smuggled or are counterfeit and are not subject to any controls over their composition.