More Than 99,000 Illegal Cigarettes Seized Near Cornwall

    Joint Federal-Provincial Operation Leads To Tobacco Convictions

    CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - An Ottawa-area man was found with 99,400
contraband cigarettes in his vehicle when pulled over by the OPP during a
surveillance operation.
    On October 21, 2006, Canada Border Services Agency officers observed a
green Malibu, with an obviously heavy load in the trunk, driving in an area
known for illegal tobacco. Surveillance continued until the RCMP requested the
vehicle be pulled over. An OPP constable stopped the car and searched the
trunk, finding the contraband cigarettes. The RCMP officers seized the tobacco
and arrested the driver, Richard M. Foster of Sarsfield.
    On September 10, 2007, Foster was convicted under the Tobacco Tax Act of
possessing unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale. He was also convicted
under the Excise Act 2001 of possessing a tobacco product that was not
properly stamped.
    Foster was fined $17,000 under the Excise Act, 2001 and $15,000 under the
Tobacco Tax Act. He must also pay a surcharge of $3,750 to the Ontario's
Victims' Justice Fund.
    Vigorous enforcement of the Tobacco Tax Act is an important component of
the Ontario government's Smoke-Free Ontario strategy. The Government of
Ontario has many enforcement measures to discourage the sale of contraband
tobacco and has strengthened the Tobacco Tax Act 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.
    In the 2007 Budget, the McGuinty government proposed to further enhance
enforcement measures by temporarily suspending tobacco sales privileges of
retailers who repeatedly contravene the Tobacco Tax Act or the Smoke-Free
Ontario Act.

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