THE former owner of a Burton store where more than 3,000 counterfeit cigarettes were uncovered during a series of raids has been fined £1,800.
Shahaab Qader had admitted six charges relating to the sale of counterfeit and non-UK duty paid cigarettes and tobacco at the Queens Supermarket, in Borough Road, which has now closed.
He was sentenced at Burton Magistrates’ Court nine months after the raid last September.
As well as the £1,800 fine, Qader, of King Street, Burton, must also pay a further £1,075 in court costs following a lengthy trading standards investigation.
The 28-year-old said he had been approached by a Polish man a few days prior to the raid, who offered to sell him cheap cigarettes.
Qader then stashed them in various parts of the store, including under the counter and in a steel door, inside which a slide-out compartment had been fashioned.
Marcin Baskiewicz of Gordon Street, Burton, was also sentenced after pleading guilty to selling illicit cigarettes to undercover trading standards officers in October last year.
Baskiewicz, 25, was fined £325 but must pay £1,060 in costs.