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Slough shop fined for contraband cigarettes hidden behind tiles and food

James Hockaday

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James Hockaday

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Slough shop fined for contraband cigarettes hidden behind tiles and food

A Farnham Road off-licence was fined for stocking illegal tobacco which was found by Slough Trading Standards.

Sniffer dogs discovered 30 packs of contraband cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco hidden among food and stashed behind tiles, and in the ceiling in September last year.

J&J Food and Wine Limited director Kulwant Singh Gaba, 42, and shopkeeper Manjit Singh Bhatia, 55, appeared before Reading Magistrates’ Court on June 10 and June 13 and both pleaded guilty to possessing illegal tobacco. The company was fined £625 and ordered to pay £1,062 costs.

Gaba was fined £330 and ordered to pay £466 costs and fined an additional £200 for breaching a previous two-year conditional discharge for the same offence. Bhatia, was ordered to pay £250 and given a one-year conditional discharge

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