Court Bulletin - Deep River Man Convicted of Possessing 6,000 Unmarked Cigarettes

    Ontario's Tough Tobacco Tax Laws at Work

    TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - A man from Deep River has been fined $2,000
after being convicted of possessing unmarked cigarettes.
    The Ministry of Revenue's Special Investigations Branch laid the charge
against Christopher Morin after the OPP stopped a vehicle for speeding on
January 26, 2008 and discovered 6,000 unmarked cigarettes.
    Morin pleaded guilty to the charge under the Tobacco Tax Act on June 9th
and he must also pay a $500 surcharge to the Victims' Justice Fund. In
addition to the fines, all tobacco was forfeited to the Province.
    The Government of Ontario has many enforcement measures to discourage the
sale of contraband tobacco. The Tobacco Tax Act has been strengthened with new
inspection and seizure powers, new offence provisions, increased fines and
civil penalties, and provisions that permit tax investigators to share
intelligence information with police and other agencies that enforce
tobacco-related laws. Through steps taken in four of the last five Ontario
Budgets, the government has strengthened enforcement against the illegal
manufacture and sale of tobacco products.
    In Ontario over the past two years, 52.1 million contraband cigarettes
have been seized by Ministry investigators and inspectors.


    Read about Tobacco Tax

    Learn more about Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy

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