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Province Seizes 1.4 Million Cigarettes in Joint Operation

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Province Seizes 1.4 Million Cigarettes in Joint Operation

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures: In mid-November, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police. The ministry seized 1,434,000 unmarked cigarettes.  Five people were charged under the Tobacco Tax Act.

DateLocationUnmarked Cigarettes Seized

November 13, 2019

Hamilton

20,600

November 13, 2019

Hamilton

13,400

November 14, 2019

Brantford

1,400,000

Total:

1,434,000

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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