Dagenham ‘rogue trader’ fined for illegal cigarette stash
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A Dagenham shopkeeper caught with an illegal cigarette stash and selling alcohol to a minor has been fined nearly £5,000.
Priteshkumar Patel, 33, who owns NC Convenience Store in Green Lane, denied owning a car inside which 2,060 illicit cigarettes were found stashed under a blanket.
Once Trading Standards officers visiting the shop on a routine inspection contacted the vehicle’s previous owner, however, Patel produced a set of keys, reportedly found on the premises, and unlocked it.
An earlier inspection in August 2016 uncovered more than 220 illegal fags and two pouches of hand-rolling tobacco, with a 15-year-old able to buy alcohol without being challeged.
Patel pleaded guilty at Barkingside Magistrates Court on December 22.
He was ordered to pay £4,946 in fines, charges and victim surcharges.
The decision was one of many against “rogue traders who put profit ahead of people,” said Cllr Laila Butt.