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Caerphilly man prosecuted for dealing illicit tobacco

Posted on : 23 Apr 2019

Caerphilly man prosecuted for dealing illicit tobacco
A man from Penyheol, Caerphilly, has recently been prosecuted by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Trading Standards Department for dealing illicit tobacco.  
 
Delwyn George Howarth, aged 66, was convicted at Cwmbran Magistrates Court on 8th April 2019 for offences relating to the possession for supply of counterfeit cigarettes and the sale and possession of tobacco products that did not contain appropriate health warnings.
 
Howarth had previously pleaded guilty to an offence in February 2019 under the Trade Marks Act 1994. This related to the possession of counterfeit cigarettes and six offences under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 regarding the supply and possession of hand rolling tobacco and cigarettes that were not marked with the appropriate health warnings.
 
In June 2018 Howarth sold two pouches of Golden Virginia tobacco that were also not marked with the required health warnings. As a result, Howarth’s home was searched and a small quantity of cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco was found hidden in a tumble dryer. The cigarettes were counterfeit, and the hand rolling tobacco was not made for sale in the UK, and was not marked with the required health warnings.
 
Also found in Howarth’s house was £10,000 in cash, which in Court Howarth admitted was from the sale of tobacco products.
 
Howarth was fined a total of £240, a surcharge of £30 and ordered to pay costs to Caerphilly Trading Standards of £1512.20
 
The Court also made an Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, for the £10,000 to be forfeited.

Cllr Eluned Stenner, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection said, “The concern with this illicit trade is that the tobacco products are often more harmful than the legitimate product and there are no controls over supplying tobacco to children. Making sure we convict people that deal with illicit tobacco like this is hugely important and I am thrilled we have achieved a victory on this case.”

For more information about Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Trading Standards Department visit: https://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Business/Trading-standards


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