Over 100,000 illegal cigarettes and 100kg of hand rolling tobacco have been seized as part of a campaign between the council and Durham Constabulary.
A smuggling gang who flooded the North East with more than 12 million illegal cigarettes after stashing then inside cable drum discs have been jailed.
A DISCOUNT store boss has been prosecuted after officers and a sniffer dog discovered illegal cigarettes and tobacco during a raid.
A stash of illegal cigarettes was found in a shop in Plumstead after it was raided by council staff.
TWO shops selling counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco have been shut down after they were linked to “persistent criminality”.
A BUTCHER has been caught stocking and selling more than 13,000 illegal cigarettes at his shop in Greenock
A shop banned from selling alcohol after illegal tobacco was found is making another bid for a licence to sell beer, wine and spirits.
An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) found Tahsin Bayz, was carrying cigarettes worth more than £5,000 in unpaid duty.
A MAN has been fined after a stash of counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes was discovered under the floorboards of a shop by trading standards officers.
The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has proposed a number of ways it believes the government can tackle illicit trade in the UK.