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Fine of $14,000 for Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes and Untaxed Tobacco

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Fine of $14,000 for Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes and Untaxed Tobacco

Ministry of Finance

Convicted: Abbas Muhieddine

Location of Offences: Ancaster

Description of Offences: Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale and possession of untaxed other tobacco for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Date of Offences: October 4, 2019

Date of Convictions: January 16, 2020, at the Hamilton Provincial Offences Court

Penalties Imposed:

  • $12,000 fine for possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act, and
  • $2,000 fine for possession of untaxed other tobacco for the purpose of sale. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.

Background: On October 4, 2019, Ministry of Finance investigators searched a vehicle and discovered 57,400 unmarked cigarettes and 10.25 kg of untaxed other tobacco. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited. 

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