Successful prosecution for Flintshire Trading Standards
Flintshire County Council Trading Standards has successfully prosecuted a person for possession and sale of counterfeit goods.
Berham Salih of Bradley, Wrexham, pleaded guilty at Mold Magistrates Court to the possession and sale of counterfeit and illicit cigarettes from the shop trading as Grosik at 23-25 Chester Road West, Shotton.
Evidence was put to the court that showed Mr Salih, who was a director of Grosik (Shotton) Ltd, personally selling illicit tobacco over a period of several weeks in 2019. In addition Trading Standards seized a large quantity of illegal cigarettes and tobacco from under the counter and the back of the shop.
Mr Salih apologised, saying that he made a mistake and that as a result of Covid his business had since ceased trading. He was ordered to pay a total of £2,351.14. The Court also made a seizure and destruction order for all the seized cigarettes.
Councillor Christopher Bithell, Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Protection, said:
“This case and subsequent conviction is important as it shows that shops that sell illegal cigarettes and tobacco will be found and those responsible will be taken to court. The sale of illicit tobacco undermines the substantial efforts that have been made to reduce health detriments associated with smoking. The trade in illicit tobacco supports exploitation, tax evasion and organised crime. We continue to be vigilant in our efforts to tackle it.”