Couple sentenced after being caught with £20k of illicit cigarettes and tobacco
The pair were caught after advertising on social media
A Banbury couple who had over 44,000 illicit cigarettes and 24.5 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco stashed within their property, have been sentenced to suspended prison sentences and fined.
Yesterday at Oxford Magistrates Court 42 year old Krzysztof Bugno received a 14 months’ prison sentence suspended for two years. He was also told to complete 30 days rehabilitation and pay £2000 costs.
His wife Ewelina Bugno, 41, was sentenced t eight months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, with £1000 costs.
The pair both entered guilty pleas at a hearing on November 3.
The couple’s illegal activities were discovered by Trading Standards after investigators responded to an advert on Facebook.
The products seized from their address in Mold Cresent had a street value of £20,000. At the time the haul was the largest ever made by the Oxfordshire County Council.
Councillor Dr Nathan Ley, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Inequalities and Community Safety: “Oxfordshire’s trading standards team, working in partnership with Thames Valley Police and other agencies will continue to crack down on the sale of these illegal products. People can help us to stamp out illegal tobacco and create a healthier and safer Oxfordshire by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity using the illegal tobacco hotline.”
Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam