Shop workers fined hundreds of pounds over illegal cigarettes and tobacco

Two shop workers from the area have been fined hundreds of pounds after illegal tobacco and cigarettes were found by a sniffer dog.

An undercover police officer had bought a packet of Minsk Slims at the Moris Eastern European Mini Supermarket on Caludon Road, Coventry last October.

A dog then found 358 packets of illegal cigarettes and 19 packets of tobacco behind a wall in the store room.

Saman Sabir, 35 and of Nuneaton, and Neaz Salah, 33 and of Coventry, were fined by Coventry city magistrates. Sabir was fined £480 and Salah £275.

An arrest warrant was issued for the shop’s owner at the time of the seizure.

“Our Trading Standards Team responded to intelligence and successfully disrupted the supply of potentially dangerous tobacco and cigarettes in the city. This case showed the lengths that some retailers will go to in trying to hide illicit tobacco,” said Allan Harwood, Coventry City Council’s trading standards and consumer protection manager.

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