Two men have pleaded guilty to selling and distributing counterfeit tobacco worth more than £30,000 – after a joint investigation between Cheshire East Council and Cheshire Police.
Jain Nin Yang and Robert Daly were arrested by police as they exchanged black bin liners between two cars at the services at junction 16 on the M6 on February 18, 2011.
Both men appeared before Crewe Magistrates on Friday, June 15, and were each given
300 hours of community work and ordered to pay £1,200 in costs.
The bags full of tobacco were then passed onto Cheshire East Council’s consumer protections and investigations team who established that the 100 kilos of rolling tobacco was counterfeit.
Yang, 30, of Linwood Road in Dudley, Birmingham, was prosecuted for selling counterfeit tobacco.
Daly, 58, of Kingsway in Manchester admitted to possessing counterfeit tobacco for the purposes of distribution.