Flooding the streets with a deadly product
I have just read about the recent case of a North East man put behind bars for ‘flooding the streets of South Tyneside’ with illegal cigarettes. The man at the centre of the story was involved in an organised chain of criminal activity in which he provided storage for over 300,000 cigarettes and almost 90 kilos of hand rolling tobacco. He was jailed for 15 months.
The length of the sentence will hopefully serve as a deterrent to him and to others who may be tempted to become involved in similar activities. Tobacco, whether it is sold legally or illegally, will kill half of its long-term users. Flooding the streets of South Tyneside with a deadly product that could then be sold cheaply and without restriction to our young people, is a crime that needs to be stamped out.