A SHOPKEEPER has been found guilty on five counts of selling illegal cigarettes.
Aram Mohamad, who owned Smakus, in Derby Street, Burton, was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £1477.80 costs and £60 victim surcharge.
The offences were discovered during a raid.
Gill Heath, cabinet support member for environment and rural affairs with Staffordshire County Council said: “This ruling sends out a clear message that we won’t tolerate the sale of illegal tobacco. We have worked hard to combat the sale of illicit tobacco in recent years and worked closely with local communities which plays a big part in our operations.
“The illegal trade in tobacco has strong links to organised crime and illicit tobacco has a devastating effect on health. The quicker we can get it off the streets the better.
“We target our resources where we know the sale of illegal and sometimes dangerous tobacco and alcohol is going on. Staffordshire Trading Standards is helping keep our communities safe by reinvesting money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act from criminal activity in the county.