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Province Seizes 312,880 Unmarked Cigarettes

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Province Seizes 312,880 Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: In mid-May, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local police. The ministry seized 312,880 unmarked cigarettes and charged fifteen people with offences under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Date

Location

Unmarked Cigarettes Seized

May 13, 2019

Brantford

167,632

May 13, 2019

Brantford

21,600

May 13, 2019

Brantford

  4,400

May 13, 2019

Brantford

  4,400

May 13, 2019

Hamilton

80,017

May 13, 2019

Hamilton

  6,214

May 13, 2019

Hamilton

  2,600

May 14, 2019

Brantford

11,000

May 14, 2019

Hamilton

11,000

May 14, 2019

Hamilton

  4,017

Total:  312,880

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.
  • Since June 2018, Ontario recorded 276 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $2.8 million, 28 jail terms, 20 probation terms, and one community service term.
  • The Ministry of Finance offers local law enforcement agencies a grant program to support tobacco investigations within their jurisdiction. Contact TEGP@ontario.ca for more information.

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