A Sutton shopkeeper has received a fine of £900 and has been ordered to pay costs amounting to £450 along with a £45 victim surcharge for being in possession of illicit cigarettes.
Adam Barzani (38), who owns Bierdronka Off Licence on Outram Street, was proved to be guilty in his absence for two offences against the Consumer Protection Act 1987 at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Thursday 24th July.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s trading standards officers seized a total of 2,963 packets of foreign labelled cigarettes without the required health warnings during two raids of his shop in April.
The raid was one of the first carried out by a task force set up by the Council to combat the problem of counterfeit and illicit cigarettes in the county.
Coun Glynn Gilfoyle, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “This case is the first fruits of our labour following the creation of specialist team that aims to reduce the problem of illegal tobacco in the county.
“As fake cigarettes tend to be a lot cheaper they go against the Government’s pricing policy on tobacco, which aims to encourage smokers to give up to save money.
“They also reduce tax revenue for vital public services such as the NHS and social care.”
Anyone with information about people selling counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes in their area should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06. People can also ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.uk