POLICE and Customs officers have seized suspected counterfeit cigarettes in Huddersfield.
They also recovered cases of alcohol, again thought to be contraband, in a series of raids.
A number of shops were raided yesterday – including one in a parade of shops at the corner of Alder Street and Bradford Road, Hillhouse.
More operations were planned for today and police were revealing few details.
The investigation is part of a major crackdown on counterfeit goods in Huddersfield, which began towards the end of 2010.
Police are working with Customs and Revenue staff and also officials from agencies including the Department for Work and Pensions and Kirklees Council.
They confirmed that yesterday’s raids led to cigarettes and alcohol with unpaid duty amounting to thousands of pounds being seized.
No-one has yet been arrested, but inquiries are said to be continuing.
Sgt Mandy Mellor, of Huddersfield Police, said: “The operation is ongoing and we would urge the public to help us.
“If anyone has any information about suspected counterfeit goods, or people trying to evade paying duty, then they should contact us,” added Sgt Mellor.