Eastbourne shopkeeper admits supplying illegal cigarettes

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An Eastbourne shopkeeper has admitted selling counterfeit cigarettes from his town centre store.

Ranzder Rasoul, 29, of Cavendish Place, admitted 18 charges connected with the sale of illegal cigarettes when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court last week.

Rasol was found with the cigarettes when his shop – Station Convenience Store in Station Parade – was raided by East Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards team last year.

Many of the cigarettes were found to be counterfeit or did not meet basic consumer standards.

The case was adjourned for sentencing on Thursday, May 19 at Lewes Crown Court.

East Sussex County Council highlighted the case earlier this month as part of Operation Rogue Trader, a national day of action against illegal trading.

Speaking earlier this month Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for community services, said, “Traders in illegal tobacco put people’s health at risk, while rogue doorstep callers prey on the vulnerable, causing not just financial but psychological harm.

“Our Trading Standards teams do a fantastic job all the year round, but these actions are part of a co-ordinated effort across the country to target criminals, protect vulnerable people and raise awareness of this kind of crime.”

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