Police seize 51,600 cartons of counterfeit contraband cigarettes

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - As a result of a joint forces operation
involving the Toronto East site of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) GTA
Customs and Excise Section, the Investigations and Intelligence Divisions of
the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and the Vancouver Container
Examination Facility (CBSA), 51,600 cartons of counterfeit Marlboro and
Marlboro Light cigarettes were seized and three Toronto area individuals were
arrested. The approximate street value of the seizure is believed to be in
excess of 3.6 million dollars including approximately 1.135 million dollars in
unpaid duties and taxes.
    "The distribution of contraband tobacco products has serious consequences
for Canadian taxpayers", stated Staff Sergeant John Morton of the GTA Customs
and Excise Section. "The loss of tax revenue negatively impacts on the both
federal and provincial governments' ability to fund health care and education.
And there is no impediment to younger Canadians obtaining these products."
    Ming Kai Cheng (44) of Scarborough, Zhenhao Song (22) of Markham, and Yiu
Lam Li (55) of Scarborough are charged with unlawful possession of tobacco
products contrary to Section 32(1) of the Excise Act 2001.

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Andre Bagi, RCMP, (905) 697-6009; Patrizia
Giolti, Canada Border Services Agency, (905) 803-5218; Faith St. John, Canada
Border Services Agency, (613) 666-5492

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