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Province Seizes Over 700,000 Unmarked Cigarettes in Joint Operation

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Province Seizes Over 700,000 Unmarked Cigarettes in Joint Operation

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local police. The Ministry seized a total of 717,980 unmarked cigarettes. Nine people were charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Date

Location

Seized

July 15, 2019

Hamilton

40,400 unmarked cigarettes

July 15, 2019

Brant County

32,000 unmarked cigarettes

July 15, 2019

Hamilton

46,780 unmarked cigarettes

July 15, 2019

Brant County

373,000 unmarked cigarettes

July 18, 2019

Brant County

5,600 unmarked cigarettes

July 18, 2019

Brant County

125,000 unmarked cigarettes

July 18, 2019

Hamilton

77,000 unmarked cigarettes

July 18, 2019

Brant County

18,200 unmarked cigarettes

Total:  717,980

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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