Shopkeeper, Karzan Hamid Khalid, has received a suspended sentence of 8 months for his dealings with illicit tobacco following an investigation by us. His company also received fines totalling £3,116 and he was ordered to pay costs of £5,000.
Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said:
If you are unsure about your tobacco products being genuine, their sale price is usually a good indication as illicit tobacco is considerably cheaper.
If the packaging of a product looks unusual or it is being sold on social media, it is likely to be illicit. If you have information or suspect anyone of selling illegal tobacco products, you can anonymously report your suspicions to Trading Standards by calling 03454 040506.
You can read full details of this case on our website.