Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Prosecutions

Shopkeeper caught selling illegal tobacco

On 17th March at Taunton Magistrates Court, Mehmet Turan Yilderim of Binford Place, Bridgwater, Somerset pleaded not guilty to four charges, two relating to trade mark offences, one to customs evasion and one licensing offence, but was found guilty of all four offences.

In a joint operation with Avon & Somerset police and Smoke Free South West who provided a search dog for the visit to the defendant’s premises in March, 9kg of hand rolling tobacco and 200 packets of cigarettes were found and seized. Mr. Yilderim’s previous good character and financial situation were taken into consideration before he was sentenced to a Community Order for a year with 60 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay £200 costs, plus a £60 victims surcharge.

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