AN ILLEGAL street trader selling the herbal drug khat from the boot of his car in Southall has been fined following an investigation by Ealing Council.
Mohamed Arfan Butta appeared before Ealing magistrates on Thursday September 5 to admit two charges of having goods for sale without a street trading licence on Hortus Road.
Khat is a leaf which has stimulant effects when chewed. The drug is currently legal although the Government has recently announced proposals to ban it.
In 2012 Mr Butta was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £150 for unlicensed street trading. Following complaints from the public, the police visited the same spot on two occasions in March and found Mr Butta with bundles of khat for sale in his car.
He was fined £100 for each offence, ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £20, bringing the total to £620.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing leader for environment and transport said: "We welcome reports of illegal street trading from the public and will continue to work with the police to clamp down on this anti-social behaviour."
To report illegal street trading go to www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit or call 020 8825 6000.