More than 2,000 illegal cigarettes were found hidden in a secret cupboard built into a toilet wall inside a hardware shop during a trading standards raid.
Wakefield Council is up for an award for its work in taking tonnes of illegal tobacco off the streets of the district.
WEST Yorkshire’s illicit tobacco trade is being used as a front for modern-day slavery, while also linked to “drugs, firearms and burglaries”, a new report has claimed.
Council budgets, broken supply chains and international travel returning creates recipe for rising illicit trade.
A shop in north Manchester has been banned from selling booze after illegal tobacco was found at the premises.
A fugitive who helped smuggle more than 12 million cigarettes into the North East has been caught and jailed for two years.
A huge haul of illegal cigarettes worth £30,000 was found at a Leeds shop after the assistant started acting odd.
Two more international cigarette smugglers were today ordered to pay back a small portion of their ill-gotten gains after their busted multi-million pound importation scam.
A van carrying more than £150,000 worth of illicit tobacco was chased and stopped by police in Yorkshire. Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) spotted the white van which had cloned licence plates.
When the European Union brought in strict new laws in 2014 forcing tobacco companies to sell their products in packaging plastered with graphic health warnings, many saw it as a win in the fight against smoking.