Illegal tobacco investigation by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards service leads to six convictions

Six individuals were convicted of being involved in selling illegal tobacco from three Hereford shops: International Food on Commercial Road, Maxii Mini Market on Commercial Road and Zabka on Eign Gate.

The cases were taken to Hereford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 11 December 2018 by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards service.

International Food owner Tarik Dosky, 52, of Waggoners Way, Hereford, pleaded guilty to being involved in the sale of illegal tobacco. Mr Dosky will be sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on 8 January 2019. International Food employees Mevan Mousa, 37, and Nechiravan Musa, 32, both of Commercial Road, Hereford, were fined a total of £680 and £480 respectively after pleading guilty to being involved in the sale of illegal tobacco.

Maxii Mini Market employees Marwan Ahmed, 38, and Rebwar Amini, 26, both of Commercial Road, Hereford, pleaded guilty to being involved in the sale of illegal tobacco, and were fined totals of £2750 and £2650 respectively.

Zabka alleged-owner Mustafa Mohammed, 40, of Dollery Drive, Birmingham pleaded guilty to being involved in the sale of illegal tobacco. Sentencing was adjourned to 19 December.

Successful raids took place in September and October by Trading Standards and West Mercia Police, with assistance from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service as part of a Multi Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy (MATES) operation. Ingenious, remotely controlled hydraulic concealments, full of illegal tobacco, were discovered in the walls and floors of the targeted shops.

If anyone has any information regarding the sale of illegal tobacco within Herefordshire, please contact trading standards on 01432 261761. There is further information about Herefordshire Trading Standards on the Herefordshire Council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/trading-standards

Published: Monday, 17th December 2018