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Elgin rogue trader caught selling quantities of illegal tobacco outside supermarket by Moray Council’s trading standards team

By Ewan Malcolm

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A 47-year-old man has been issued with a £1200 fine for selling illegal pouches of tobacco outside an Elgin supermarket.

Around £2000 of illegal tobacco was seized.
Around £2000 of illegal tobacco was seized.

Officers from Moray Council’s trading standards team seized £2000 worth of tobacco from the 47-year-old rogue trader with assistance from Police Scotland.

The team were responding to intelligence they had received into the male’s activities when they caught him selling the tobacco outside a supermarket in the town.

He has since been fined £1200.

Councillor Marc Macrae, chair of Moray Council’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Services Committee, said that targeting individuals who sell products illegally will remain a “focussed” priority for the local authority’s trading standards team.

He said: “The illegal sale of tobacco related products and nicotine vaping products makes unregulated and potentially unsafe products available to the public.

“We share this story to make an example of people who ignore the law and attempt to profit from illegal sales.

“Targeting those individuals and businesses will remain a focussed priority for Moray’s Trading Standards enforcement activity.”

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