MONTREAL, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) announced today that its officers seized 8,250 kg of loose
tobacco with an estimated street value of over $1 million at the
Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle port of entry.
On January 31, 2013, CBSA officers intercepted the contraband tobacco
while examining a refrigerated semi-trailer truck. The driver had
declared that his truck contained fruits and vegetables. However, upon
further examination, CBSA officers found the loose tobacco in 66 boxes
hidden behind the shipment of fruit and vegetable crates.
"Seizures like these are a clear sign that our efforts to prevent crime
and keep illegal contraband off of our streets are working," said
Benoit Chiquette, CBSA Regional Director General for Quebec. "I applaud
the CBSA officers involved in this significant contraband tobacco
The Customs Act stipulates that all goods entering Canada must be declared to the CBSA.
Smuggling, untrue statements and other customs violations may lead to
administrative sanctions and prosecution in a court of law, for both
truck drivers and transport companies.
The CBSA's investigation continues.
In 2012, border services officers in Canada made more than 2,300 tobacco
seizures worth over $3 million.
Photos available on request.
SOURCE: CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY
For further information:
Media Relations, Quebec Region
Canada Border Services Agency
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