Ex-Ipswich shopkeeper caught with dangerous and counterfeit ciggies given unpaid work

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A former Ipswich shopkeeper has been given a community order for distributing dangerous and counterfeit cigarettes from his shops.

Suffolk Trading Standards officers raided two stores in east Ipswich last September. At the time they belonged to Akam Abdullah, but have since been sold and are now under new ownership.

At his sentencing before the town’s magistrates’ court Abdullah, of Highfield Road, Ipswich, was given a community order with an unpaid work requirement of 120 hours.

The 33-year-old must also pay £4,644 costs and £60 to the victims’ fund.

Last week he pleaded guilty to nine offences relating to Baltic Mini Market in Felixstowe Road and Cost Price in Foxhall Road.

Abdullah admitted possessing 2,360 Mayfair King Size cigarettes bearing a false trademark at Baltic Mini Market on September 18 last year.

He also admitted a similar charge relating to 1,880 Mayfair King Size cigarettes at Cost Price on the same day.

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Abdullah pleaded guilty to five charges of distributing or supplying a dangerous product at both shops.

These related to 2,500 Pect Blue and 1,580 Bendal cigarettes at Cost Price, along with 1,640 NZ Gold and 1,260 Esse Aura cigarettes at Baltic Mini Market.

In addition Abdullah admitted two charges of a producer failing to comply with the requirements of regulations when supplying a tobacco product.

The charges involved 253 packs of cigarettes and 136 pouches of 50 gramme hand-rolling tobacco at Baltic Mini Market which did not bear on the most visible surface the health warnings in the official language of the member state.

At Cost Price there were 406 packs and 10 pouches of tobacco without the health warnings on the most visible surface.

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