A Worksop shopkeeper and a member of his staff have received fines totalling £305 and have been ordered to pay costs amounting to £500 for being in possession of counterfeit cigarettes.
Aram Abdulla, 30, who owns Kubus Mini Market on Gateford Road, Worksop, and staff member Saman Aziz, 31, pleaded guilty to two offences against the Trade Marks Act 1994 at Worksop Magistrates Court on Friday (17 January).
Abdulla received an £185 fine and was ordered to pay £250 in costs along with a £80 victim surcharge.
Aziz received an £120 fine and was ordered to pay £250 in costs and a £20 surcharge.
Notts County Council’s trading standards officers seized 27 packets of counterfeit Regal King Size cigarettes from the shop in May last year following reports from the public.
The cigarettes were hidden in a hole behind the counter and sniffer dogs from Wagtail International Specialist Dog Services were used to finds the goods.
Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chair of the County Council’s Community Safety Committee, said: “Counterfeit cigarettes are often more harmful to health as they can contain a higher level of toxic chemicals and are more dangerous as they don’t burn out if left unattended like genuine products.”
“As fake cigarettes tend to be a lot cheaper they also go against the Government’s pricing policy on tobacco which aims to encourage smokers to give up to save money.”
“When a shop is found in possession of counterfeit tobacco and also sells alcohol we also refer the matter to the relevant licensing authorities for them to take on board.”
Anyone with information about people selling counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes in their area should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06. People can also ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.uk