Tobacco detection dogs helped East Sussex Trading Standards sniff out £7,000 worth of illegal cigarettes.
Raids on four shops in Eastbourne town centre and Hampden Park netted a haul of almost 9,000 cigarettes and more than 10kg of hand rolling tobacco.
The county council’s Trading Standards team called in BWY Canine dogs Phoebe and Scamp to help search the shops and found the illegal tobacco in four premises.
The products failed to contain the required health warnings and some had been made for the illegal market. Investigations are ongoing and some products will be sent for further examination.