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Burton shopkeeper's guilty plea for selling illegal tobacco at store

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

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A MAN has pleaded guilty to selling illicit and illegal tobacco from a shop in Burton.

Now trader Mohammed Ahmad, of Branston, is set to appear at Cannock Magistrates' Court on September 17 to be sentenced on a raft of charges that were brought about following a raid on High Street News, Burton, earlier this year.

Police officers and trading standards officials discovered a variety of tobacco products which were found to have had no duty paid on them and some which were counterfeit.

Gill Heath, cabinet support member for environment and rural issues at Staffordshire County Council, said: "This sends out a clear message that we won't tolerate the sale of illegal tobacco here in Staffordshire.

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"We have worked hard to combat the sale of illicit tobacco in recent years and have been working 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.

"Staffordshire Trading Standards are also helping keep our communities safe by reinvesting money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act from criminal activity in the county."

Anyone with information on counterfeit goods should call 01785 330356.

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  • elevenpoints  |  September 02 2014, 8:35PM

    Why is this disgusting shop still open? Probably been selling fake and cheap imported fags for many years. Will the courts seize assets to recover unpaid tax etc? No doubt the money has been moved around within the extended family to muddy the trail. I've purchased loads of fags from this outlet over the years - Can I sue to cover the cost of the damage done to my health from these illegal products?? Time for some legal advice - Bet I don't get legal aid to pursue it either! Rotten country.