Hefty fine for business caught selling illegal tobacco

Published Tuesday, 24 April 2018

An illegal tobacco haul of almost 3,000 illicit cigarettes has led to a business being fined £7,550.

This was one of the largest fines issued by a court for a Royal Greenwich prosecution in recent years.

The haul of illegal tobacco - 2,790 cigarettes - was seized from Maistas and Gerimai on Herbert Road in Plumstead by Royal Borough Trading Standards officers and tobacco sniffer dogs.

The case was heard against Mandris Ltd and the owner and director Mr Andris on 16 April 2018 at Bexley Magistrates Court. Mr Andris pleaded guilty to all the charges. Madris Ltd was fined £5,920 with surcharge of £170 and costs of £750. Mr Andris was also personally fined £1,630, totalling fines of £7,550.

Report illegal tobacco

If you suspect the sales of illegal tobacco, you can report it by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or via the Keep It Out website.

Get support

To get support, call the Greenwich Healthy Living Line on 0800 470 4831 or text QUIT to 60060. You can also visit the Greenwich Stop Smoking website for more information.