LONDON, ON, June 30, 2014 /CNW/ - On Friday, June 27, 2014 members of
the London RCMP arrested a male for the sale of unstamped raw leaf
tobacco. Subsequently a search warrant was executed at the male's farm
in Malahide Township, Ontario.
David Alphonse Versnick (age 52) of Malahide has been charged with three
counts of selling unstamped raw leaf tobacco under the Excise Act, 2001
and three counts of possession of proceeds of crime under the Criminal
Code. As a result of the search of his property, he has also been
charged with five counts of careless storage of a firearm and
possession of marihuana contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances
Act. In addition, David Versnick has been charged with breach of a
recognizance resulting from the alleged unlawful possession of various
weapons including rifles, shotguns and a cross bow.
It is an offence in Canada to sell tobacco products not properly
licensed under the Excise Act, 2001. Offenders convicted of possessing,
buying or selling contraband tobacco products could be subject to fines
or penalties ranging from $10,000 to $1,000,000 and/or imprisonment for
up to five years. This excludes Provincial fines, which can be many
Although the effects of illegal tobacco activities may not be obvious,
all Canadians feel the repercussions of these activities in the form
The loss of millions in Federal and Provincial Government revenues.
Undermining public health efforts to decrease tobacco use.
Preventing legitimate businesses from carrying out their activities in a
climate of fair competition.
"The RCMP is committed to working with our partners to tackle the
illicit tobacco market and ensure safe homes and safe communities for
all Canadians" stated S/Sgt. Steve Arthur, Acting Officer in Charge of
RCMP London Detachment.
David Versnick has been held in custody and will appear in the London
Courthouse on Monday, June 30, 2014.
Anyone with information regarding the sale and/or manufacturing of
contraband tobacco is asked to contact the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-265-4444.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Cpl. D'Arcy Cartier
Media Relation Officer
RCMP "O" Division
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