A Newport shopkeeper, who used a baby monitor and chute to deliver illegal cigarettes on demand to his customers, has today been sentenced, along with three other men, for participation in a fraudulent business.
It's believed to be one of the biggest Trading Standards investigations of its type in Wales.
Tahar Mohammed, 38, and shopkeeper Feryad Mohammed Abdul- Kadir, 33 admitted handling and selling more than £427,000 worth of smuggled and counterfeit tobacco.
Two other men, who worked in the shop on Commercial Road in Pill, were also sentenced for their part in the fraud
During the investigation, Trading Standards and Police seized nearly three quarters of a million cigarettes and over 300kg of hand rolling tobacco, with an estimated duty and tax evaded of £300,000.
They also searched the flat above the Newport shop, and discovered a chute under the floorboards leading directly into the shop’s stockroom.
The chute was disguised behind a false wall.
A baby monitor, found next to the chute, was used to communicate with colleagues in the shop who were selling the tobacco to customers.