Illegal cigarettes and drugs seized without a permit

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An out-of-license in Wolverhampton is to know this week whether he will retain his business license after bosses at Trading Standards seized a large stash of illegal cigarettes and pharmaceutical drugs found inside.

After being informed that illegal tobacco was being sold, officers raided KS News and Off-License at 120 Oxford Street, Bilston on February 15 and recovered 9,860 cigarettes – the equivalent of 493 packets – along with 969 tablets of 100 mg of sildenafil citrate.



Illegal cigarettes seized from KS News and Off-License at 120 Oxford Street, Bilston, Wolverhampton.

Now Wolverhampton City Council licensing officials are set to conduct a licensing review of the store’s premises.

Dianne Slack, the city’s commercial standards tobacco control, said, “Sildenafil citrate tablets contain the same active ingredient as Viagra, which is used to treat erectile dysfunction.



Illegal cigarettes seized from KS News and Off-License at 120 Oxford Street, Bilston, Wolverhampton.
Illegal cigarettes seized from KS News and Off-License at 120 Oxford Street, Bilston, Wolverhampton.

“A notice of trade was left with the manager, who was present at the time, and he was told that it was a criminal offense to possess, supply or sell illicit tobacco or products counterfeit. “

Parpinder Singh, senior public health specialist for the council, added: “We have very serious concerns about the significant amount of illicit tobacco seized in February and are not reassured that the company is operating under the licensing law. .

“We therefore support Trading Standards’ request to review the current license. And I – or an appropriate public health representative – will be available to attend the hearing and provide further information if necessary.”

West Midlands Police Sergeant Steph Reynolds said as the responsible authority they would seek the revocation of the license first.


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“The evidence provided clearly shows that the goal of crime and disorder prevention licensing has been seriously compromised here.

“Possession and sale of illicit tobacco and non-prescribed drugs is a very serious offense and should be treated as such,” she said.

Elaine Moreton, section chief for the city’s licensing authority, said the premises licensee, named Mr. Karanveer Singh, had failed to demonstrate that he was operating under the conditions necessary to promote the licensing objectives of crime and disorder and public safety.

She added that the authority fully supported the review and would also attend the hearing to provide any additional information.

Wolverhampton City Council’s Statutory Licensing Committee will take a decision on this at its next meeting on Thursday.


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