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Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes Leads to $12,596 Fine

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Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes Leads to $12,596 Fine

Ministry of Finance

Convicted: John Bonia

Location of Offence: Hamilton

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

Date of Offence: December 17, 2018

Date of Conviction: March 6, 2019, at the Hamilton Provincial Offences Court

Penalty Imposed: A fine of $12,596 was imposed. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.

Background: On December 17, 2018, an Ontario Provincial Police officer searched a vehicle and discovered 21,825 unmarked cigarettes. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited. 

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