£800 fine for foreign fags

A shop worker, who was caught illegally selling foreign cigarettes from his Long Eaton shop, has been fined nearly £800.

Derbyshire County Council trading standards staff seized Derby man Adil Zangana’s stock after test purchasing a packet of 20 West cigarettes from his shop in Tamworth Road last October.

He was fined a total of £786 on Thursday May 23, when Derby Magistrates Court heard that officers had later seized his stock of tobacco, including nine 50g pouches of Golden Virginia, seven packets of 20 Palace cigarettes and 10 packets of 20 Marlboro Originals.

The goods were illicit because the warning messages were written in foreign languages, including German and Spanish, and did not carry the health warnings required by UK law.

Zangana, who was not represented in court, said he had not worked in a shop before and did not know the cigarettes were illegal.

He added that he had worked there to help his friend, the shopkeeper, and that he had kept the money he made from selling the cigarettes at around £3 a pack, instead of the real price of around £7 or £8.