Retailer prosecuted for supplying illicit tobacco

This story was published 7 September 2018

Retailer Mardin Abdulla Kerim, of Castle Road, Scarborough, has pleaded guilty to supplying illicit tobacco to customers.

Retailer ordered to pay fine and costs

Officers of the County Council’s Trading Standards visited Castle Road Mini Market and bought cigarettes, which were found to be illegal. A search of the premises uncovered a further 91 pouches of hand rolling tobacco and 305 packets of cigarettes.

Illicit tobacco is defined as either counterfeit, imported illegally or a genuine product smuggled into the UK without duty being paid. Mr Kerim pleaded guilty at Scarborough Magistrates Court to supplying illicit tobacco and was ordered to pay a fine and costs amounting to £981.95.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, Director of Public Health in North Yorkshire, said, "Smoking remains the single greatest cause of preventable early death in North Yorkshire. In addition to raising awareness about the harms of all forms of tobacco, we need to reduce the supply of illicit tobacco in our county. This is one of the main objectives of our tobacco control strategy and aspiration to promote a smoke free generation."

To combat the harm illicit tobacco has on communities, NYCC Trading Standards has reminded retailers of the dangers associated with illicit tobacco while carrying out enforcement action in response to reports of illegal activity.

Trading Standards is urging people who have information about the supply of illicit tobacco to help to tackle this rising problem by reporting it through the Keep It Out e-form on or calling 0300 999 0000.