RCMP Seize Cigarettes and Cash

SUDBURY, ON, Nov. 25 /CNW/ - Sudbury RCMP, Federal Enforcement Section arrest an individual for possession of unlawfully packed and stamped tobacco.

On Thursday, November 19th, 2009, as a result of an investigation a vehicle containing 264 cartons of illegal cigarettes and approximately $1,500.00 were seized. A subsequent search of a residence uncovered an additional 91 cartons of illegal cigarettes. In total, 355 cartons of illegal cigarettes were seized which represents approximately $7,800 in duty and taxes evaded.

Charges under the Excise Act, against one individual were laid at the Sudbury court house on November 23rd, 2009.

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.

If anyone has any information in regards to sells or possession of contraband tobacco, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Sudbury RCMP detachment at 705-671-0645.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

For further information: For further information: Cpl. Alain Bonhomme, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sudbury Federal Enforcement Section, (705) 671-0645

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