Published on June 27th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Man fined for illegal alcohol and tobacco sales
A MAN was fined £8,000 for illegally selling alcohol and counterfeit cigarettes.
Stephen Henry, 61, pleaded guilty at Knowsley magistrates’ court to two offences of selling counterfeit tobacco and one offence of selling alcohol without a licence.
Henry, of Westminster Grove, Prescot, was offering the goods as part of his business selling soft drinks and crisps door to door.
Officers seized almost 44,000 cigarettes, more than 31kg of hand rolling tobacco and 340 litres of alcohol, along with £5,000 in cash.
Investigations by Knowsley council’s trading standards team and the North West regional illicit tobacco team revealed that a large quantity of the seized tobacco was counterfeit.
Magistrates also instructed that all of the counterfeit items seized should be destroyed.