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Province Seizes Cigarettes, Cigars and Other Tobacco in Joint Operation

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Province Seizes Cigarettes, Cigars and Other Tobacco in Joint Operation

Ministry of Finance

Description of Seizures:  On January 24 and 25, 2020, Ministry of Finance investigators participated in an operation with the Ontario Provincial Police. The ministry seized 846,680 unmarked cigarettes, 290 cigars and 13,446 grams of other tobacco. Twelve people were charged with offences under the Tobacco Tax Act.

Date Location Seized
January 24, 2020 Brantford 240,000 unmarked cigarettes
January 24, 2020 Hamilton 30,000 unmarked cigarettes
January 25, 2020 Brantford 23,600 unmarked cigarettes
January 25, 2020 Brantford 13,000 unmarked cigarettes, 290 cigars and 13,446.2 grams of other tobacco
January 25, 2020 Hamilton 480,080 unmarked cigarettes
January 25, 2020 Hamilton 40,000 unmarked cigarettes
January 25, 2020 Hamilton 20,000 unmarked cigarettes

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 428 Tobacco Tax Act convictions yielding fines of more than $3.6 million, 47 jail terms, 27 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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