A Rhondda man found with more than 4,500 cigarettes has been prosecuted following a successful operation by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Trading Standards team.
Steven Lent, aged 61 of Rhiwgarn Road, Trebanog, pleaded guilty at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court to three offences under the Tobacco Products (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale) Regulations 2002 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
The case is yet further proof of the Council’s commitment to protecting the public – and those in business who operate legally – from offenders.
In May a warrant was executed at his home and 10.2kg of hand-rolling tobacco and 4,540 cigarettes were seized and later ordered to be destroyed.
All of the items contained either foreign labelling or did not contain the required pictorial warnings. Lent claimed he only supplied family members with the tobacco and cigarettes.
Lent was fined £200 with £329.16 costs plus a victim surcharge of £20.
David Jones, Head of Community Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “This is yet another good example of Trading Standards officers bringing to court a successful prosecution that has ended another operation that harms the traders, shops and businesses that work so hard to operate legally.
“Such sales also harm the many shops and small businesses that work hard to operate legally and provide high-quality, approved goods.”