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Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes Leads to Jail, Fine and Probation

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Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes Leads to Jail, Fine and Probation

Ministry of Finance

Convicted: Liem Van Le and Thi Ngoc Tieng Nguyen

Location of Offences: Hamilton and Toronto

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

Date of Offences:

  • November 7, 2017
  • November 28, 2017

Date of Convictions: January 22, 2019, at the Toronto Provincial Offences Court

Penalties Imposed:

  • Liem Van Le received 90 days in jail and a two-year probation order
  • Thi Ngoc Tieng Nguyen received a total of $5,000 in fines and a two-year probation order. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act

Background: On both November 7, 2017 and November 28, 2017, Ministry of Finance investigators searched a vehicle and discovered a total of 115,000 unmarked cigarettes. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited. 

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