A Coventry shopkeeper has pleaded guilty to possession of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco. The products also infringed the trademarks of well-known tobacco products. The prosecution followed after the council trading standards team in Coventry had visited the shop and executed warrants on two vehicles parked outside. They found the counterfeit products inside the vehicles.

The Warwick Crown Court has sentenced the shopkeeper to a 12 month community order including 100 hours of unpaid work, a £900 fine and a cost order of £2,000. 

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