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35,000 Fine for Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes

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35,000 Fine for Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes

Ministry of Finance

Convicted: Ravi Kumar Nachimuthu

Location of Offence: Kitchener

Description of Offence: Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act

Date of Offence: April 15, 2019

Date of Conviction: October 31, 2019, at the Kitchener Provincial Offences Court

Penalty Imposed: A fine of $35,000 was imposed. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.

Background: On April 15, 2019, officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team searched a vehicle and discovered 90,000 unmarked cigarettes. The team executed a search warrant on April 17, 2019 and discovered 130,000 unmarked cigarettes. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited.

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