Was £1,200 made from illegal fags?
MONEY seized from a Gloucester shop was the proceeds of sales of fake cigarettes and tobacco, a court was told.
£1,200 was seized from Gloucester Groceries in Grosvenor House, Station Road by Gloucestershire Trading Standards officers, Cheltenham magistrates heard.
Shop manager Ali Khalid, of Juniper Ave, Matson, told the court the money did not come from selling cigarettes and tobacco and he asked for it to be returned.
District judge Martin Brown said there were reasonable grounds for suspecting that the money was the proceeds of crime.
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He granted an application by the Trading Standards department for the money to be retained for three months while investigations continue.
Trading Standards financial investigator Jason Poole told the court there had been test purchases made at the shop six times since August and fake goods had been bought.
The judge adjourned until December 21.