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
SOURCE CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY
For further information:
Canada Border Services Agency
Communications, Quebec Region