Tecumseh Man Convicted In Contraband Cigarette Case

    Ontario's Tough Tobacco Tax Laws at Work

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Antoine Ibrahim of Tecumseh has been fined $5,192
after pleading guilty to possession of unmarked cigarettes in the Ontario
Court of Justice in Windsor, on May 11.
    The Ministry of Revenue's Special Investigations Branch charged Ibrahim
after discovering 19,000 unmarked cigarettes in his vehicle. The cigarettes
were seized and forfeited to the Ontario government.
    In addition to the fine, Ibrahim must pay a $1,298 surcharge to the
Victims' Justice Fund.


    -  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, jail
       provisions, civil penalties, and provisions that permit tax
       investigators to share intelligence information with police and other
       agencies that enforce tobacco-related laws.
    -  The 2009 Budget announced a number of additional measures that will
       further strengthen tobacco tax enforcement in Ontario.
    -  Additional measures strengthening tobacco tax enforcement were
       announced in the 2009 Budget, including an amendment to suspend the
       driver's licences of persons convicted of certain tobacco offences.
    -  Over the past two years, approximately 66 million contraband
       cigarettes have been seized in Ontario by ministry investigators and


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