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Province Seizes 139,210 Cigarettes in Joint Operation

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Province Seizes 139,210 Cigarettes in Joint Operation

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: In mid-October, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police and local police. The ministry seized 139,210 unmarked cigarettes. Ten people were charged with offences under the Tobacco Tax Act.

DateLocationUnmarked Cigarettes Seized

October 15, 2019

Hamilton

5,060

October 15, 2019

Hamilton

16,000

October 18, 2019

Hamilton

10,400

October 18, 2019

Hamilton

10,150

October 18, 2019

Brantford

7,600

October 18, 2019

Hamilton

90,000

Total: 

139,210 

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 391 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $3.4 million, 45 jail terms, 26 probation terms, and two community service terms.
  • 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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