Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes Leads to Fine
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.