A BOOTLEG cigarette seller will be sentenced next month after supplying hundreds of illegal cigarettes in Herefordshire.

Shram Ali Muhammad entered guilty pleas to six charges when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford in March.

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The court heard from the prosecutor that the 47-year-old had supplied 838 packets of cigarettes and 146 packets of rolling tobacco which did not carry a combined health warning, and did not comply with packaging regulations in Ross-on-Wye on May 21, 2021.

He had sold 480 packets of Lambert and Butler cigarettes, 240 packets of Benson and Hedges cigarettes, 86 packets of Mayfair cigarettes, and 46 packets of Amber tobacco which bore signs likely to be mistaken for registered trade marks in Ross on the same date, the court heard. 


He had also supplied four packets of Queen cigarettes and two packets of Benson and Hedges cigarettes which did not comply with packaging requirements in Ross between August 5, 2021, and October 1, 2021.

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Two packets of cigarettes sold by Muhammad in Ross on August 24 bore a sign likely to be mistaken for registered trade mark, Benson and Hedges, the court heard.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentencing report to be carried out and Muhammad, of High Street, Stourbridge, was released on unconditional bail.

He will appear before magistrates in Hereford for sentencing on April 4.