1100 Cases of Counterfeit Cigarettes Seized

    BOWMANVILLE, ON, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - On Wednesday the 18th of February, 2009,
as a result of a joint investigation between Canada Border Services Agency and
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Custom and Excise Unit of the Greater
Toronto Area, a container with 1100 cases of counterfeit cigarettes was
    The seizure consisted of counterfeit Du Maurier and Marlboro brand
cigarettes which originated from China and were believed to be destined for
the GTA area. Each case contained 50 cartons of cigarettes and the total value
of taxes evaded for this seizure was calculated at approximately
$2,500,000.00. No arrests have made in connection with this seizure but the
investigation is still ongoing.
    Although the effects of illegal tobacco activities are not obvious, all
Canadians, in one way or another, feel the repercussions of these activities
in the form of;

    -   the loss of millions in federal and provincial government revenues
    -   undermining of public health efforts to decrease tobacco use
    -   preventing legitimate business from carrying out their activities in
        a climate of fair competition.

    RCMP Inspector Greg Johnson, the Officer in charge of the GTA Customs and
Excise Unit stated that, "the RCMP is committed to working internally as well
as with its partners and stakeholders to ensure that every effort is made to
enhance public safety and economic integrity across Canada".
    A picture of this seizure is available by e-mail request.

For further information:

For further information: Sgt Marc LaPorte, RCMP "O" Division, Media
Relations Officer, Office: (519) 640-7302, Cell: (416) 992-4409, E-mail:
marc.laporte@rcmp-grc.gc.ca; or Patrizia Giolti, Manager, Communications,
Canada Border Services Agency, Office: (905) 803-5218

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