Counterfeit tobacco raid leads to 12-month community order for Brimington man

68 year old Charles Purdy, of Central Walk, was sentenced at Derby Crown Court yesterday.

A Chesterfield man has received a 12-month community order and a two month curfew from 8pm-8am after illegal cigarettes and tobacco were found at his home.

Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards officers and Derbyshire police searched the home of Charles Purdy, 68, of Central Walk, Brimington, Chesterfield in November 2018, following information that alleged illegal tobacco was being sold from the property. 

During the search a total of 42,420 illegal cigarettes and 35.5kg of illegal tobacco were seized from the kitchen, living room and garage of the house.

More than 30,000 cigarettes and 5.8kg of tobacco were found to be counterfeit while the rest of the goods seized were illicit, as they weren’t correctly labelled for sale in the UK and UK duty had not been paid on them. 

Purdy appeared at Derby Crown Court on Monday (29 July 2019) and pleaded guilty to three charges:

• one offence of possession for sale of 1,118 packets of counterfeit cigarettes, contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994
• one offence of possession for sale of 398 packets of counterfeit cigarettes, contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994 
• one offence of possession for sale of 116 pouches of counterfeit hand rolling tobacco, contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994.

A Proceeds of Crime Act investigation is now under way.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said: “We want to make it clear to people that we will not tolerate illegal trading of any kind of tobacco and our trading standards officers will continue to work hard with the police to crack down on this.

“As well as protecting the public from unregulated products, we’re also standing up for legitimate local traders whose businesses are being affected by this illegal trading, selling illicit tobacco cheaply and avoiding duty.

“We encourage people who suspect this is happening to let us know about it and we can act.”

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