RCMP/CBSA Seize Counterfeit Cigarettes Worth over 2.2 Million Dollars

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - On Saturday August 16th 2008, a joint forces
operation involving the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Greater Toronto
Area Customs and Excise Section, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for the
Greater Toronto Area and the British Columbia Waterfront Joint Forces
Operation resulted in the seizure of 43,950 cartons of counterfeit Players and
du Maurier cigarettes with an estimated total value of $2,241,450.00.
    As a result of information provided by the CBSA to the RCMP, an
investigation led officers to locate four men in possession of the illegal
cigarettes in the Aurora, Ontario area. A second tobacco seizure occurred in
Markham, Ontario. The cigarettes, which are believed to have originated in
China, were shipped in a freight container to Canada. The RCMP further
believes that the cigarettes were destined for the Toronto market.
    Four men were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Tobacco
Products contrary to Section 32(1) of the Excise Act 2001. They are also
facing charges under the Customs Act. The following individuals will appear in
court on October 10th 2008;

    Gou Ping WU (age 45) of Stouffville, Ontario
    Wai Sun YEUNG (age 44) of Markham, Ontario
    Yi HUANG (age 31) of Markham, Ontario, and,
    Kai Fa CHOI (age 40) of Markham, Ontario

    These seizures represent just under 2.1 million dollars in duties and
taxes lost by the Federal and Provincial governments. RCMP Staff Sergeant John
Morton of the Toronto East Customs and Excise Section stated: "The
distribution of contraband tobacco products in Canada has serious consequences
for the Canadian taxpayers. It will result with loss of government revenue
which will subsequently affect the delivery of some services including health
care and educational programs. It also exposes the public to a higher health
risk and makes it easier for young Canadians to obtain tobacco products
through illicit markets."

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Andre BAGI, RCMP Toronto East Detachment,
Customs and Excise Section, Office: (905) 697-6000 x 266, Cell: (905)
439-6173; Patrizia GIOLTI, Canada Border Services Agency - Toronto, office:
(905) 803-5218

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