MONTREAL, May 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) announced today that its officers seized 6,514 kg of contraband
tobacco, with an estimated street value of over $500,000, at the
Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle border crossing.
On May 15, 2013, CBSA officers intercepted contraband tobacco while
searching a truck. The driver had declared that the truck contained 26
large cardboard boxes of used clothing. Following further examination
of the vehicle, CBSA officers found loose tobacco hidden under piles of
The CBSA's investigation continues.
"This seizure is a prime example of how the CBSA is working to keep
contraband tobacco off of our streets," said Benoit Chiquette, Regional
Director General, Quebec Region. "The proceeds of illegal tobacco sales
fuel organized crime and undermine the safety of our communities. The
CBSA continues to demonstrate its important role in the safety and
security of Canadians."
The Customs Act stipulates that all goods entering Canada must be declared to CBSA
officers. Smuggling, false statements and other customs violations may
lead to administrative penalties and prosecution in a court of law, for
both truck drivers and transport companies.
In 2012, border services officers across Canada made tobacco seizures
with a total value of over $3 million.
SOURCE: CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY
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