UK illegal tobacco market media highlights: December 2017
The owner of International Mini Market in Leamington Spa, has been jailed for 12 months after 160,000 cigarettes and 45kg of rolling tobacco were found at a self-storage unit rented by the shopkeeper. The sentence comes after the offender was given a Community Order for illegal sales in 2016.
Reported on Kenilworth Weekly News(12 December 2017)
A shopkeeper has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay costs of £2,425 following the seizure of illegal tobacco in January 2017. Counterfeit Mayfair was one of the brands identified at the International Food Store on Scotland Road in Nelson.
Reported on Lancashire Telegraph
(14 December 2017)
An Oldham-based retailer has been ordered to pay costs of over £2,000 after 1,400 packets of illegal cigarettes and 600g of rolling tobacco worth £300 were found at Zoom Supermarket last February.
Reported on Sunrise Radio FM (15 December 2017)
A Sheffield store owner has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to the fraudulent evasion of duty tax on tobacco products. The man’s offences date back to 2013, with over 54,000 illegal cigarettes and 39kg of illicit tobacco in total seized from Baghdad Mini Market during that time.
Reported on Sheffield City Council
(22 December 2017)
The owner of Sycamore Stores in Burnley has been fined and ordered to pay costs of £1,365 for sales of illegal tobacco. The illicit goods, which included counterfeit Amber Leaf, were found at the store by Trading Standards earlier this year.
Reported on Lancashire Telegraph (18 December 2017)