Ontario Resident Fined $5,000 for Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes
Convicted: Long Thi Nguyen
Location: St. Catharines
Description of Offence: Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act
Date of Conviction: February 23, 2018, at the St. Catharines Provincial Offences Court
Penalty Imposed: A fine of $5,000 was imposed on Long Thi Nguyen. She was given two years to pay. The court also imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.
Background: On July 20, 2017, Ministry of Finance investigators executed search warrants at a convenience store and a residence on St. Paul Street in St. Catharines, and discovered 9,105 unmarked cigarettes. All tobacco products were seized and forfeited.