UK ILLEGAL TOBACCO MARKET MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS: JUNE 2018
A shopkeeper at Euro Shop in Wolverhampton, who was jailed in June 2017 for two years for evading £58,675 in tax, has been ordered to pay back over £61,000 in cash and costs, or face another year in jail. He was caught hiding almost 400,000 cigarettes behind false walls, under floorboards, beneath a fridge and in a hole in a wall, by investigators in 2015.
Reported on My News Desk – 25 June 2018
The owner of McCullogh in Ballymena has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay over £183,000 in costs following the seizure of illicit tobacco under the floor boards of his shop A total of 520,000 cigarettes and 75kg of RYO, worth £174,000 were found during the operation.
Reported on My News Desk – 8 June 2018
The owner of Zielona Zabka in Derby has been sentenced to a 12 month Community Order (200 hours of unpaid work) and ordered to pay costs totalling more than £2,300 following the seizure of over 1600 cigarettes and 100g of RYO.
Reported on Derby.gov.uk – 21 June 2018
The owner of Canal Mini Market in Leamington Spa has been fined and ordered to pay costs over £1,800 following the seizure of illegal tobacco at the store. With the aid of a sniffer dog, Trading Standard officers found a total of 87 packs of cigarettes and 27 packs of RYO.
Reported on Warwickshire.gov.uk – 8 June 2018
The owner of a shop in Southampton has been handed more than £4,000 in fines after being caught selling illegal tobacco twice in the past three months. A total of 36 unlabelled tobacco products were found hidden in a concealed compartment in a bathroom.
Reported on Southampton.gov.uk – 18 June 2018
In June, JTI assisted in eight prosecutions.
Total reports amounted to:
- 33 incidents
- 17 prosecutions
- 16 seizures
JTI urge any retailer with information on the sale of illegal tobacco to contact the HMRC Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887, Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the 100% Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org