Possession of Unmarked Cigarettes Leads to Significant Fines
Convicted: Wayne Collins and David Rose
Location of Offences: Hamilton
Description of Offences: Possession of unmarked cigarettes for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act
Date of Offences: July 18, 2019
Date of Convictions: January 16, 2020, at the Hamilton Provincial Offences Court
Penalties Imposed: A fine of $21,589 was imposed on both Wayne Collins and David Rose. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.
Background: On July 18, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police officer searched a vehicle and discovered 77,000 unmarked cigarettes. The tobacco products were seized and forfeited.