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Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes Leads to Fine

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Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes Leads to Fine

Ministry of Finance

Convicted: Mahmoud Al-Zarif

Location of Offence: Hamilton

Description of Offence: Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act

Date of Offence: March 29, 2018

Date of Conviction: October 31, 2018, at the Hamilton Provincial Offences Court

Penalty Imposed: A fine of $25,000 was imposed. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.

Background: On March 29, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer searched a vehicle and discovered 116,400 unmarked cigarettes. All tobacco products were seized and forfeited. 

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