Two People Fined for Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes
Convicted: Michael M. Medwid and Philip W. Mekish
Location of Offences: Ignace
Description of Offences: Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act
Date of Offences: November 2, 2018
Date of Convictions: September 10, 2019, at the Ignace Provincial Offences Court
Penalties Imposed: A fine of $21,034 was imposed on both Michael M. Medwid and Philip W. Mekish. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.
Background: On November 2, 2018, Ontario Provincial Police officers searched a vehicle and discovered 75,000 unmarked cigarettes. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited.