Shopkeeper sentenced for selling illegal cigarettes


A shopkeeper has been ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work and pay almost £2,000 in costs after selling counterfeit tobacco and cigarettes.

Ismael Ali Abdul, 31, who runs the Euro Mini Market on Nottingham Road in Ilkeston plead guilty to six charges of selling the tobacco which failed safety standards and was given a 12 month Community Order in addition to the unpaid work which was the maximum available.

He was sentenced before Magistrates sitting in Derby yesterday after Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards first successful prosecution brought under safety legislation after a test purchases and subsequent raid on the Euro Mini Market in April and June 2013.

Sentencing Abdul, District Judge Alderson said that Abdul was lucky to escape prison.

At a previous hearing held at the court, Abdul plead guilty to four charges of selling and possessing for sale various counterfeit brands of tobacco under the Trade Marks Act and two charges of possessing for sale cigarettes which fail the safety standard for ignition under general product safety regulations.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “We take a consistently hard line against retailers who break the law.

“This is the first time we have prosecuted a trader for selling illicit cigarettes that fail to meet safety standards and I hope this sends out a strong message to others that are flouting the law that they will not get away with it.”

As part of an on-going crackdown on traders selling illegal cigarettes and tobacco, county council trading standards officers, working with Derbyshire police and Derby City Council trading standards, have seized a total of 876,090 illegal cigarettes and 794,825kg of illegal tobacco, with a high street value of £483,000.