Ontario Man Fined $7,000 for Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes
Convicted: Philip Labelle
Location: City of Brantford
Description of Offence: Possession of unmarked cigarettes
Date of Offence: February 15, 2017
Date of Conviction: November 27, 2017, at the Brantford Provincial Offences Court
Penalty Imposed: A fine of $7,000 was imposed on Mr. Labelle. He was given 12 months to pay. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.
Background: On February 15, 2017, Brantford Police officers received a complaint that a vehicle had just picked up a large quantity of unmarked cigarettes from a store on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Police located the vehicle at a residence in Brantford and identified the driver as Philip Labelle. Officers observed boxes of unmarked cigarettes in plain view. A subsequent search of the vehicle, under the Tobacco Tax Act, revealed 60,400 unmarked cigarettes. The cigarettes were seized and forfeited.