Two brothers who run discount shops including one in Stapleford have been jailed for possessing and selling illicit tobacco.
Paul Dye, 53, and Peter Dye, 59, received two year and 12 month sentences. Both men were charged with three counts of unauthorised Use of a Trade Mark.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards officers had visited both brothers’ houses and shops with warrants on in April 2014 and illicit tobacco and cigarettes were found at all premises.
This included two pouches of tobacco behind the till in a concealed space at Stapleford Pound Shop which were later found to be counterfeit following tests.
They had been charged with a number of offences after being visited by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team firstly in 2014 and again earlier this year. They were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on August 25.
They found a quantity of cash from the home of Peter Dye and visited The Pound Shop in Stapleford where they seized three tubs of hand rolling tobacco recovered from shelving on the shop floor and above the till area.
Officers also recovered a vast quantity of tobacco and tobacco products from a shelf on the right hand side of the shop. The tobacco was concealed behind toiletries with high fragrance which masked to smell of the tobacco. Some of the tobacco seized was counterfeit and another batch would not self-extinguish. He claimed that the tobacco was not for sale despite it being kept at the shop. He said he’d bought the products from a man called ‘Bob’, at a car boot sale.