A Wembley convenience store and its company director have received a hefty fine after being found guilty of selling cigarettes without displaying the correct health warning.
Last July, 466 illegal packets of cigarettes, with a street value of approximately £4660, were seized from 'Food 4 Less' on Preston Road in Wembley by the Brent Council Trading Standards Team. The cigarettes failed to display the proper health warnings in English, which is a criminal offence in the UK.
Maxy Roexport Trading, the company that owns 'Food 4 Less', was fined £2250 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £150, as well as reimburse Brent Council for court costs of £1329. Mr Solovastru, company director of Maxy Roexport Trading, was also fined £150 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20.
Cllr James Denselow, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said:
"This is another successful seizure of illegal tobacco in the borough that has resulted in a criminal conviction.
"Selling tobacco without the proper health warnings, as required by law, is a criminal activity that severely damages the local economy here in Brent, as traders selling these products gain a competitive advantage over legitimate traders and hard working businesses.
"I am therefore very pleased with the outcome of this case and I would like to thank those involved for their work in helping to make Brent a safer and healthier borough."