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Confiscation hearing for Ipswich shopkeeper who sold illegal tobacco to take place in May

PUBLISHED: 12:42 07 March 2018

The Iki grocery store in Franciscan Way, Ipswich, where Hedi Ibrahim sold more than £100,000 of illegal tobacco. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The Iki grocery store in Franciscan Way, Ipswich, where Hedi Ibrahim sold more than £100,000 of illegal tobacco. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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An Ipswich shopkeeper who sold more than £100,000 worth of illegal tobacco has had a confiscation hearing which will decide how much money he will have to repay adjourned until May.

Hedi Ibrahim, who ran the Iki grocery store in Franciscan Way, sold hand rolling tobacco and cigarettes under the counter over a period of around five months in 2016, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Last year, Ibrahim, 32, of Franciscan Way, admitted participating in a fraudulent business, possessing goods with a false trademark, supplying a tobacco product not containing a health warning and offering to supply a dangerous product.

He was given a two year prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 240 hours unpaid work in the community.

A hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act was due to have taken place today (Wednesday) but it was adjourned until May 10 to allow further work on the case to be carried out.

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