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Province Seizes 238,651 Unmarked Cigarettes

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Province Seizes 238,651 Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

Date of Seizure:  February 25, 2019

Location of Seizure:  Toronto, Ontario

Description of Seizure:  Ministry of Finance investigators seized 238,651 unmarked cigarettes. Two people have been charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Background:  As a result of an investigation, the ministry executed search warrants on a business and a residence, and discovered 238,651 unmarked cigarettes. The cigarettes were seized and Tobacco Tax Act charges were laid.

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.

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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