Shop owner pleads guilty to the illegal possession of smuggled cigarettes

On 1 November 2021, Dilzar Kadir Ahmad, aged 35, of Blenheim Avenue, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to 7 charges under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Products Regulations 2015.

Following a test purchase operation in January 2020  Barnsley Council’s Regulatory Services visited 7 Day Store, 6 Peel Street Arcade, Barnsley S70 2RS and found the defendant in possession of a large quantity of smuggled cigarettes and tobacco hidden in a concealed device beneath the floor of one of the storerooms. 

Tobacco products with a street value of approximately £5,000 were removed from the premises and have been forfeited by the Court for destruction.  The Court advised the defendant that on this occasion he had avoided an immediate custodial sentence in view of his previous good character but would face an 18-week suspended prison sentence. 

Suspended sentences are provided to allow defendants with a period of probation.  If the defendant breaks the law during this probation period they would be sent to prison and serve the sentenced imposed.  The defendant was also fined £2,000, which must be paid at the rate of £500 per month. 

Councillor Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “The sale of smuggled cigarettes is a crime affecting legitimate businesses, risks fires from less safe cigarette brands, and damages the health of our residents and children in Barnsley. Legal cigarettes are a drab grey/brown colour (Pantone 448c). 

If you know someone is selling cigarettes in other colours or with foreign writing or without warning pictures, please tell the Council so we can stamp out these illegal and dangerous goods.”

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