An investigation led by officers from Derby City Council Trading Standards team has led to the prosecution of a shop owner selling illicit tobacco products.
Dano Faroux Poosho, 39, who ran a shop at 112 Cambridge Street, Normanton, received a six-month custodial sentence suspended for two years after he was found guilty in a case at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates.
He was also ordered to pay £10,000 prosecution costs, a £115 victim surcharge and the forfeiture of illicit cigarettes and tobacco.
The total value of goods seized was estimated to be in excess of £120,000 while the tax evaded was over £60,000.
The investigation, following a tip off, started in officers visiting a storage unit which the defendant used.
After further searches of his home and shop, a total of 458,360 illicit cigarettes and two kg of hand rolled tobacco were seized.
The matter was first heard by Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court in December 2016 where the defendant pleaded not guilty. A full trial started on July 7th where he was found guilty.
Councillor Asaf Azal, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection, said: “The trade and sale of illicit tobacco products is an increasing problem across the country, so when we receive information like this, it’s important we act on it.
“Our Trading Standards team here in Derby has a great track record of seizing potentially dangerous tobacco products and preventing them entering the market.
“The team’s work is part of the City Council’s pledge to protect Derby residents and consumers from unsafe and illicit goods, food, and rogue traders.”