UK ILLEGAL TOBACCO MARKET MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS: MARCH 2018
A shopkeeper who ran Bekhal General Store in Hull has been jailed for five years for smuggling tobacco into the UK. In 2015, over 1.1 million cigarettes and 736kg of RYO were found at a container storage unit rented by the retailer.
Reported on HMRC– 12 March 2018
A Huddersfield-based retailer has been banned from selling alcohol after fake cigarettes ‘containing deadly asbestos and rat poison’ were found during a raid at International Express in December 2017. More than £5,000 worth of illicit tobacco was seized over two store raids.
Reported on Huddersfield Daily Examiner – 7 March 2018
Wakefield store Sun Mini Market has lost its alcohol license after 500,000 counterfeit cigarettes and 46kg of rolling tobacco were seized in October of last year. The value of the illicit goods was estimated to be worth £150,000.
Reported on Wakefield Express – 12 March 2018
The former owner of a store in Worthing has been given a 12 month community order, ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work, and pay West Sussex County Council a fine of £2,259 following the seizure of 1.6kg of RYO and 20 packets of illicit cigarettes in 2016.
Reported on The Argus – 7 March 2018
A Gainsborough shop owner has been given a suspended four-week sentence for offences related to counterfeit tobacco found at the store in September 2017. The retailer was also ordered to pay over £3,000 in costs.
Reported on Lincolnshire County Council Press – 23 March 2018
In March, JTI assisted in 5 prosecutions.
Total reports amounted to:
- 35 incidents
- 18 prosecutions
- 17 Seizures