TRADING Standards officers have seized thousands of pounds’-worth of illegal cigarettes and tobacco.
Locations in Heckmondwike were raided earlier this month in a joint operation with the police and Revenue and Customs officials.
They discovered 36,000 cigarettes and 36kg of counterfeit rolling tobacco, with a street value of £40,000.
Police officers also discovered a stun gun and CS gas and seized a white Jaguar and a Vauxhall Mokka.
David Lodge, head of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “All tobacco is harmful but the supply of illegal cigarettes seriously undermines the drive to reduce smoking, fuels organised criminality and is often a gateway for young people to becoming addicted to a habit which prematurely kills over half its users.”