A RAID has resulted in a seizure of illegal cigarettes from a shop with connections to Mr Cheap – a premises whose owner is currently awaiting sentencing for selling illicit tobacco, police have said.
Following a raid on The Sweet Shop, in Church Street, Swadlincote, last week, an arrest was made after trading standards officials and police discovered a quantity of cigarettes and tobacco, which were seized under the Trademark Act.
It is understood that The Sweet Shop has connections to Mr Cheap, in The Delph, Swadlincote, but it is unclear which member of staff has been arrested.
Sergeant Jim Thompson, who leads the Safer Neighbourhood team in Swadlincote, informed members of the Newhall Safer Neighbourhood meeting that previously Ali Salah, 25, of Rawdon Street, Derby, a shop assistant at Mr Cheap, was ordered to pay £760 in costs for selling illegal cigarettes. The shop’s owner, Ridah Jaf, admitted four counts of possessing illegal cigarettes and rolling tobacco and is due to be sentenced at Derby Crown Court on March 6.
Sergeant Thompson said: “We understand that they have moved shops (to The Sweet Shop). We raided the shop with trading standards and have made an arrest and seized more counterfeit tobacco.”
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council trading standards later told the Mail: “We conducted a raid on The Sweet Shop where cigarettes and a quantity of tobacco was seized under the Trademark Act.”
However, the spokesman could not confirm whether an arrest had been made.
The raids on Mr Cheap and The Sweet Shop followed tip-offs by members of the public.
Mr Cheap sold illegal cigarettes to an undercover reporter from the Mail last year.
During the raids on Mr Cheap on March 14 and April 5 last year, officers seized counterfeit Benson & Hedges cigarettes and Golden Virginia rolling tobacco.
The court was told that, on March 14, 12 packets of 20 Benson & Hedges Gold brand and five 50g packs of Golden Virginia rolling tobacco were found.
And on the second visit, on April 5, a further 12 packets of 20 Benson & Hedges Gold brand as well as nineteen 50g packs of Golden Virginia were found on the premises and confiscated.