8th April 2024

Illicit tobacco seized from street seller

Officers found a rogue trader with £2,000 worth of illegal tobacco.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

A rogue trader who was caught selling illegal tobacco outside a supermarket has been hit with a £1,200 fixed penalty fine after action by Moray Council Trading Standards.

The 47-year-old man was found with £2,000 worth of illegal tobacco when Trading Officers, assisted by Police Scotland, responded to intelligence received about his activities outside the shop in Elgin, northern Scotland.

Moray Council’s Chair of Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Committee, Councillor Marc Macrae, said: “The illegal sale of tobacco related products and nicotine vaping products makes unregulated and potentially unsafe products available to the public.

“We share this story to make an example of people who ignore the law and attempt to profit from illegal sales. Targeting those individuals and businesses will remain a focused priority for Moray’s Trading Standards enforcement activity.”

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