Contraband Cigarettes seized in Downtown London

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 and/or imprisonment.

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:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/tobac-tabac/tobacco-tabac-broch-eng.htm

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information:

Cpl. Darren Morgan
Media Relation Officer
London Detachment
RCMP "O" Division
Office: (519) 645-4329 ext. 248


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