Evesham trader caught twice with thousands of fake cigarettes

A TRADER faces losing his license after he was found with over £15,000 worth of fake cigarettes at his store in Evesham.

Kosar Johar Mohammed, who was a licensee of International Mini Market in Evesham’s Port Street, faces being stripped of his right to sell tobacco products after he was found in possession of more than a thousand packets of fake cigarettes and more than half a kilo of hand-rolling tobacco following two stings by trading standards and the police.

Trading Standards said Mr Mohammad had shown “complete disregard” for his license – even after a warning – and should have it revoked.

Wychavon District Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee will meet in Pershore on Wednesday April 6 to discuss Mr Mohammed’s request to withdraw his licence.

According to the licensing report, an undercover trading standards officer received a packet of counterfeit cigarettes under the counter of the Port Street store during a sting in February last year and two other packets plus a packet of tobacco to ride were sold to an undercover agent. a month later.

The cigarettes had no standardized packaging or track and trace information from HMRC, which meant no tax was paid.

However, an inspection of the store carried out by police and council just 45 minutes after the fake cigarettes and rolling tobacco were sold to an undercover officer yielded no results and Mr Mohammed was warned by officers .

Another inspection three months later was more successful for police and trading standards, finding a wave of fake cigarettes and rolling tobacco totaling almost £13,000.

A total of 19,400 cigarettes divided into 970 packs and 6.65 kg of rolling tobacco were seized, all without the correct customs duty information.

Mr Mohammed was questioned in September and “did not know” that the counterfeit products were not allowed, and he had only been selling them in the store for a week before the inspection, according to the council’s report.

Another inspection in December led to the seizure of another 257 packets of cigarettes and four packets of rolling tobacco.

The Mini Market International license has been held by Daniel-Gabriel Gisca since March 14.

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