Shopkeeper fined for stocking counterfeit cigarettes

Published: 24 Oct 2017

A Watford shopkeeper has pleaded guilty to possession of counterfeit and foreign labelled tobacco products for supply, following a successful prosecution by Hertfordshire County Council Trading Standards.


Amrik Singh Arora, 47, of Bodicea Mews, Hounslow, and his company Cerbul Carpatin Supermarket Limited, appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court last Wednesday (18).


Trading standards officers used sniffer dogs to find 571 packets (20s) of illegal cigarettes, concealed in Watford Supermarket, 43-45 Market Street, Watford, during a visit in February this year.


The court heard that the tobacco products had been brought in by former directors of the business, but Mr Arora had kept them in the shop for supply after they left in July 2016.


Mr Arora, of previous good character, was ordered to pay £2,445 in fines and costs.  The tobacco products were ordered to be destroyed.


Councillor Colin Woodward, Deputy Executive Member for Community Safety at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “Trading Standards will continue to monitor under-the-counter supplies of these products. The warnings required on packets are an imperative measure to discourage starting smoking or continuing with their use. However, when the contents of the tobacco are completely uncontrolled, as is the case with counterfeits, consumers may be put at significantly greater risk.”