Tobacco smugglers will face tougher fines and persistent repeat offenders could even go to jail, Stipendiary Magistrate Charles Pitto has warned.
Current court practice is to issue a fine mirroring the commercial value of the tobacco in respect of which the offence is committed.
But "normal fines will be going up and the court has powers greater than fines for repeat offenders," Mr Pitto
said during a hearing in the Magistrates' Court.
Current legislation allows ample leeway for the courts to impose fines of up to £10,000 or three times the value of the tobacco, whichever is greater.
The legislation also allows for punishments such as community service orders and even prison sentences of up to six months for repeat offenders.
Mr Pitto's warning coincides with Chief Minister Fabian Picardo's plans to clamp down on tobacco offences.