THREE people were arrested after police and trading standards officers carried out raids linked to the illegal supply of cigarettes.
Officers swooped on two houses in Eleventh Street, in Horden, and a house in Stainton Close, Peterlee, on Thursday and more than 2,500 cigarettes, 122 packets of tobacco, £3,500 in cash and a car worth £12,000 were seized.
A 53-year-old man and two women, aged 62 and 42, were arrested on suspicion of money-laundering and quizzed by police.
Sergeant Jim Peel, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We would like to thank the community for their continued support in providing intelligence.”
Joanne Waller, head of Durham County Council’s environmental health and consumer services department, said: “This work is another shining example of how the police and council are working in partnership to tackle the problems that the supply of illicit tobacco brings into our communities.”