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Province Seizes 84,160 Untaxed Cigars and 29,120 Grams of Other Untaxed Tobacco

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Province Seizes 84,160 Untaxed Cigars and 29,120 Grams of Other Untaxed Tobacco

Ministry of Finance

Date of Seizure: March 20, 2018

Location of Seizure: Oakville, Ontario

Description of Seizure: The ministry seized 84,160 untaxed cigars and 29,120 grams of other untaxed tobacco, including snuff, chewing and pipe tobacco.

Background: Ministry investigators stopped and searched two vehicles and discovered 84,160 untaxed cigars and 29,120 grams of other untaxed tobacco. The tobacco products were seized and two people face charges for Tobacco Tax Act offences.

Quick Facts:

  • Cigarettes sold in cartons or packages without Ontario's yellow stamp are illegal, subject to certain exceptions.
  • Cigarettes sold in clear plastic bags are illegal as is engaging in the tobacco business without the required permits.
  • In addition to court-imposed fines for contraventions of the Tobacco Tax Act, convicted individuals and businesses may be required to pay civil penalties.
  • From April 2017 - March 2018 there were 172 Tobacco Tax Act convictions carrying fines of more than $2,831,981, 22 jail terms, 12 probation terms and two community service terms.

Media Contact
Scott Blodgett
Ministry of Finance
scott.blodgett@ontario.ca
416-325-0324

Contact Information for the General Public
If you see unstamped tobacco being sold, contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

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