Spalding magistrates today (Wednesday) issued an arrest warrant without bail for a former town trader accused of possessing illegal cigarettes and tobacco.
Weshyar Sadiqui, who traded at Kubus, in Sheep Market, failed to attend court to answer 18 charges.
Sadiqui, of Church View, Orange Grove, Wisbech, is accused of possessing or acquiring criminal property, namely more than 90,000 illegal cigarettes and more than 28 kilograms of illegal hand rolling tobacco on June 13 this year.
He also faces two offences of failing to sell food that was labelled in English, three offences of selling food that was past its use-by date, one count of selling hand rolling tobacco with a false trade mark and 11 counts of possessing tobacco products that did not carry the obligatory picture health warnings.
The food allegations relate to April 12 this year – and the remainder to June 13.