MONTREAL, June 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA) announced today that its officers seized 10,570 kg of contraband
tobacco with an estimated street value of $850,000 at the
St-Bernard-de-Lacolle border crossing.
On June 19, 2013, a truck driver came to the border crossing with goods
declared as shredded paper. The officer who checked the declaration was
suspicious. He therefore referred the truck for an examination. During
the search, there was a strong odour of tobacco. The first rows of
goods were indeed shredded paper, but bags of tobacco had been stowed
behind. Border services officers found a total of 10,570 kg of loose
tobacco in 585 bags.
The CBSA investigation is underway.
"The proceeds of illegal tobacco sales fuel organized crime and
undermine the safety of our communities. I applaud the CBSA officers
involved in this significant seizure of contraband tobacco," said
Benoît Chiquette, Regional Director General of the CBSA in Quebec.
The Customs Act stipulates that all goods entering Canada must be declared to CBSA
officers. Smuggling, false declarations and other customs violations
may lead to administrative penalties and prosecution in a court of law,
for both truck drivers and transport companies.
In 2012, Canada Border Services Agency officers seized more than $3
million worth of tobacco.
SOURCE: Canada Border Services Agency
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