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Illicit tobacco seller has over £7000 in cash seized from his Cardiff shop

A Cardiff shop owner has been prosecuted after Trading Standards Officers found a large stash of tobacco, and cash, at his shop.

February 12th, 2020

Esam Yacoub Amam pleaded guilty to 1 offence under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and to 2 offences under Tobacco - King Star 3the Trade Marks Act 1994, after officers from Shared Regulatory Services inspected King Star of 117 Clifton Street, Cardiff in December 2018.

During the visit, officers seized 117 packets of twenty cigarettes and 17 pouches of Snuff, before discovering £7200 in cash at the premises. The cash was also seized and is now subject to a Proceeds of Crime hearing.

The case was listed before Cardiff Magistrates Court on the 23rd January 2020. The defendants’ solicitor stated that Mr Amam is currently unemployed after losing his job with a supermarket in March 2019 and is therefore claiming universal credit. 

The magistrates took into account Mr Amam’s early guilty plea and his income of £120 a week. He was fined £80, ordered to pay costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £30. 

Chair of the Joint Committee for Shared Regulatory Services, Cllr Eddie Williams, said: “This is the second prosecution of this kind that we have taken in recent months, which demonstrates our commitment to tackling the problem of cheap, illicit tobacco sales. These cigarettes have a significant impact on people’s health, especially when sold to children and young adults. 

“I’m also pleased that our officers were able to seize such a large amount of cash during this visit, which is very likely to be linked to the criminal activity of this individual.”