A Coventry shopkeeper found with fake cigarettes and tobacco behind his counter has been fined by magistrates.
Mohammed Jussab, 63, was caught out when Trading Standards carried out an operation to check stores were not selling to underage customers.
The owner of General Grocers on Foleshill Road sold e-liquid to a 16-year-old who was being supervised by trading standards officers without asking for any proof of age.
When officers then swooped they spotted a bag behind Jussab’s counter which contained illicit cigarettes and tobacco.
Cigarettes were found to be in either plain packaging or packs designed to look like popular brands such as Richmond, Regal and Amber Leaf and were believed to be either fakes tax evading.
All of the items were seized.
Appearing at Coventry Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (September 22), Jussab admitted eight offences relating to the selling of products to an underage person, tobacco packaging offences and consumer protection laws.
The offences were committed on December 23 last year.
He was fined £150, ordered to pay £100 costs and a £32 victim surcharge. The prosecution was brought by Coventry City Council.
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