WINDSOR, ON, July 18, 2013 /CNW/ - On July 17, 2013 members of the Windsor RCMP concluded an investigation into the sale and distribution of contraband
tobacco products in the Windsor area. As a result of the investigation
two Windsor residents were arrested and are currently facing charges
under the Excise Act, 2001.
On July 17, 2013, officers executed a search warrant at a convenience
store located on Westcott Street in Windsor. Seized were 389 cartons of
illegal cigarettes and $1,670 in cash as a result of the search.
Ali HANZEL - 38 years old and Diana HANZEL - 41 years old; both face
charges of unlawful possession of unstamped tobacco contrary to the
Excise Act 2001. Both are scheduled to appear in Windsor Ontario Court
of Justice on Monday, August 19, 2013.
A search warrant was executed by the RCMP at the same location on June
28, 2013. Both Ali and Diana HANZEL face similar Excise Act, 2001
charges as a result of that police investigation. Seized at the time
were 220 cartons of illegal cigarettes, a vehicle and approximately
$6,000.00 in cash.
"The sale of contraband tobacco remains a threat to public safety and
has been determined to support organized crime", stated Inspector Serge
Cote, Officer in Charge of Windsor Detachment. "The RCMP remains
committed to disrupting and interdicting those persons involved in the
illicit sale and distribution of contraband tobacco."
If you have information about the sale and distribution of illegal
tobacco products or any other criminal activity you are asked to
contact your local police department or the Windsor RCMP detachment at
519-948-5287 or at 1-800-387-0020. You can also anonymously supply the
information to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
Pictures of the seizure are available on the RCMP "O" Division website
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Sgt. Peter KOERSVELT
Windsor RCMP Detachment
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