STAFFORDSHIRE County Council trading standards officers have seized more than 30,000 illicit cigarettes so far this month.
The officers have have been assisted by Staffordshire Police and sniffer dogs in raids made on shops in the south of the county.
The dogs sniffed out cigarettes hidden in wall cavities and ceilings.
A series of raids found some 33,000 suspected counterfeit or illegal cigarettes, around 8kg of illegal hand rolling tobacco, 13 litres of suspected non-duty paid vodka and around £1,000 in cash.
Leek Rural county councillor Gill Heath, cabinet member for communities, said: “Counterfeit sales damage businesses and can fund criminal gangs. We are always grateful to people who report suspected sales of illicit tobacco – the information can really make a difference.”