35,000 Fine for Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes
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.