Possession of Untaxed Tobacco Leads to $17,872 Fine
Convicted: Young Soo Choi
Location of Offence: Ancaster
Description of Offence: Possession of tobacco products for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act
Date of Offence: January 29, 2019
Date of Conviction: May 13, 2019, at the Hamilton Provincial Offences Court
Penalty Imposed: A fine of $17,872 was imposed. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.
Background: On January 29, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police officer searched a vehicle and discovered 3,000 unmarked cigarettes, 10,435 untaxed cigars and 2.35 kgs of untaxed tobacco. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited.