LONDON, ON, Nov. 4, 2011 /CNW/ - Between September 29th, 2011 and October 8th, 2011 the London Police Service Community Foot Patrol Unit seized
approximately 14,000 contraband cigarettes in clear plastic re-sealable
bags from downtown London. The contraband cigarettes have been turned
over to the London Customs & Excise Section of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP) who are continuing with the investigation.
It is an offence in Canada to possess tobacco products not properly
stamped under the Excise Act, 2001. Offenders convicted of possessing,
buying or selling contraband tobacco products could be subject to fines
Contraband Tobacco has a significant impact on Canadian society. Persons
involved in contraband tobacco, including the end users, are
undermining global and domestic health objectives, contributing to the
expansion of organized crime, inviting criminals into their
communities, undermining the local legitimate economy and evading taxes
that support Canada's social programs.
Tackling the illicit tobacco trade requires more than law enforcement,
which is why the RCMP and its partners also work together to raise
awareness in the public of the consequences of purchasing and
possessing contraband tobacco.
Anyone with information regarding the sale and manufacturing of
contraband tobacco is asked to contact the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-265-4444.
For further information on Illegal Tobacco visit:
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Cpl. Darren Morgan
Media Relation Officer
RCMP "O" Division
Office: (519) 645-4329 ext. 248