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Putting the boot into counterfeit cigarette sellers

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16 September 2016

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A man who was found with more than 500 packets of counterfeit cigarettes in the boot of his car has been ordered to pay £4,460.

A man who was found with more than 500 packets of counterfeit cigarettes in the boot of his car has been ordered to pay £4,460.

Enfield Council trading standards officers found the contraband in Victor Cheke’s car in Peterborough on November 5, 2015, after a tip off from a business in Green Lanes, Palmers Green, which had grown suspicious of the legality of cigarettes delivered to their premises.

Trading standards officers obtained a warrant and searched Cheke’s house and car where they found the cigarettes.

At Tottenham Magistrates’ Court on 18 August, Cheke, 46, of Thistlemoor Road, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to one count of possession for the supply of 540 packets of counterfeit Marlboro brand cigarettes contrary to section 92 (1) (c) of the Trade Marks Act 1994.

He also pleaded guilty to possession for supply 540 packets of cigarettes without the required health warnings, contrary to regulation 14 of The Tobacco Products (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale) (Safety) Regulations 2002

Cheke was fined £400, ordered to pay £4,000 costs, a £60 Victim Surcharge and given an eight-week curfew.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Counterfeit cigarettes are even more dangerous than regular tobacco and, because they are not subject to duty fees, their sale disadvantages honest traders.

“We will continue to pursue illegal traders, prosecuting wherever possible, to protect honest businesses in Enfield.”

Trading standards found evidence that Cheke used various aliases to receive packets of counterfeit and duty-evaded cigarettes from China.

Text and Skype messages found on his phone and computers showed that he had established customers with whom he would sell cigarettes. He was interviewed under caution and admitted that he went door-to-door selling illegal cigarettes.