Contraband tobacco investigation: the CBSA executes search warrants in Montréal and Laval

MONTREAL, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is executing search warrants in four residences in Montréal and Laval as part of an investigation into an organization involved in contraband tobacco. The search warrants are part of an ongoing investigation that began in 2009, concerning chewing tobacco importations by courier.

The operation involves over 60 officers from the CBSA, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), the Laval Police Department and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as a CBSA dog handler.

The CBSA presumes that the organization participated in the importation of at least 3,000 kg of chewing tobacco since 2009, valued over one million dollars. Based on the evidence collected today, the CBSA investigation will continue and charges could be laid.

The Customs Act stipulates that all goods entering Canada must be presented and reported to CBSA officers. Smuggling, making false statements and other customs-related infractions can lead to prosecution in a court of law.

The CBSA Criminal Investigations Division works closely with domestic and international law enforcement partners to prevent the unlawful importation of goods while prosecuting those who contravene Canadian legislation.


SOURCE CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY

For further information:

Canada Border Services Agency
Communications, Quebec Region
514-350-6130

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