A Rhydyfelin woman who sold illegal tobacco has seen her operation go up in smoke thanks to a successful prosecution by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Trading Standards team.
The case against Jacqueline Jones, aged 64, of Holly Street was heard at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court and is yet further proof of the Council’s commitment to protecting the public – and those in business who operate legally – from offenders.
The offences were uncovered when a warrant was executed at her address last April and a quantity of tobacco and cigarettes, all containing foreign labelling, were seized. In total 240 cigarettes and 800g of hand rolling tobacco was seized and ordered to be destroyed.
In interview, Jones told officers that she only supplied family members and a friend with the items.
She pleaded guilty to two charges under the Tobacco Products (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale) (Safety) Regulations 2002 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987. Jones was fined £50 with £200 costs and £20 victim surcharge.
David Jones, Head of Community Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “We have had a number of successful cases like this in recent months and I hope it serves as a warning to others that our work continues.
“We simply cannot have people breaking the law by selling illegal cigarettes or other products from their homes. It is illegal, dangerous and also damaging to the hundreds of legitimate traders who work hard to deliver their legal responsibilities.
“Such behaviour is undermining our extensive efforts to reduce the number of people who smoke in our county borough.”