Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes Leads to $39,995 Fine
Convicted: John T. Maracle
Location of Offence: Augusta
Description of Offence: Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act
Date of Offence: April 25, 2019
Date of Conviction: January 3, 2020, at the Brockville Ontario Court of Justice
Penalty Imposed: A fine of $39,995 was imposed. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.
Background: On April 25, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police officer searched a vehicle and discovered 810,000 unmarked cigarettes. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited.