Shopkeeper fined for selling illegal cigarettes

3 February 2020

A Willesden shopkeeper has been fined in Court after he admitted selling illegal cigarettes to his customers.

Mukhtar Ahmed, 55, of Harlesden Road, Willesden, admitted to selling the tobacco without the standard health warning label, from his business, Millennium Sun Ltd, trading as Noor Al Huda.

Trading Standards officers confiscated hundreds of packets of cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco when they carried out a routine inspection back in July 2019.

Ahmed told Willesden Magistrates that he had no idea who he bought the supplies from but took a risk after suffering his own health and money troubles.

He told the Court he had bought the cigarettes for £3.50 a packet and sold them on for £5, undercutting reputable retailers by around £4.

The court heard how Ahmed had been convicted twice before for similar offences back in 2018 and 2015.

After the Court case Councillor Tom Miller, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, said: “Our Trading Standards Officers are working hard to ensure that illegal tobacco is not being sold on our high streets and that any cigarettes which are sold, display the correct health warnings intended to warn smokers of the danger.

“This serves as a stark reminder that those who break the law and try to undercut business who sell legally, will be caught and brought before the Courts."

Millennium Sun Ltd and its director Mukhtar Ahmed were ordered to pay in total £4,536.

Members of the public are urged to report businesses they suspect selling illegal tobacco by calling Brent Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on: 03454040506.

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Notes to Editors:

The £4,536 penalty was attributed between the limited company and its director as follows:

Millennium Sun Ltd                         

£1,500 Fine

£150 Victim Surcharge

 

Mukhtar Ahmed                                 

£1,500 fine

£150 Victim surcharge

£1,236 legal costs