Three Incidents Net 29,000 Cigarettes And 2,173 Cartons Of Contraband Product

    Toronto Woman To Pay More Than $7,300 From Convictions

    TORONTO, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - A Toronto woman convicted October 15, 2007, of
possessing illegal cigarettes was also previously involved in two similar
    Rong Wu was convicted on two counts under the Tobacco Tax Act for
possessing 14,000 unmarked cigarettes and 1,376 cartons of marked cigarettes.
On January 21, 2006, Toronto police stopped the vehicle she was in after
officers observed a male occupant of the vehicle enter and exit a convenience
    Wu was fined $5,925 under the Tobacco Tax Act, and she must also pay a
surcharge of $1,471.25 to the Ontario's Victims' Justice Fund. Ministry of
Revenue records indicated Wu is not a designated collector and does not hold
permits under the Tobacco Tax Act to possess unmarked cigarettes.
    Wu was also involved in two similar incidents that netted the remaining
contraband. On January 5, 2006, Wu was an occupant of a vehicle found with a
load of tobacco that was stopped by Hamilton police. On January 6, 2006,
Toronto police observed a white rental van with the rear windows covered. They
stopped the vehicle and found 15,000 unmarked cigarettes and 797 cartons of
marked cigarettes.

    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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