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Province Seizes Over One Million Unmarked Cigarettes In Joint Operation

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Province Seizes Over One Million 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 near the end of April. The ministry seized 1,353,200 unmarked cigarettes, and five people were charged with offences under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Date

Location

Unmarked Cigarettes Seized

April 23, 2019

Hamilton

230,000

April 23, 2019

Hamilton

11,400

April 24, 2019

Hamilton

1,100,000

April 24, 2019

Hamilton

11,800

Total:  1,353,200

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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