Contraband tobacco worth $300K seized in Hamilton, Oakville man charged

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Published January 13, 2023 at 9:19 am

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Police and the Ministry of Finance seized two loads of contraband tobacco worth $700,000 in investigations this week.

Burlington OPP and the Ministry of Finance seized the first load, worth $400,000, on Jan. 11, according to a tweet from the OPP. 

A 55-year-old driver from Kingston faces trafficking contraband tobacco charges.

The next day, Jan. 12, another 60 cases of contraband tobacco with a street value of $300,000 were seized today as a result of a Ministry of Finance investigation, police said.

Burlington OPP stopped the driver at Hwy. 403 and Aberdeen Road in Hamilton.

A 30-year-old man old from Oakville faces charges under the tobacco tax act and criminal code in connection with this seizure, police said.

The Ministry of Finance could not provide further information on the investigation.

Any seizure by the Ministry of Finance falls under the Tobacco Tax Act, and the ministry cannot comment as it could breach confidential taxpayer information, spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance, Scott Blodgett tells intheHammer.

Blodgett adds the government remains committed to addressing unregulated tobacco, which is a problem in Ontario — Ernst and Young Canada estimated that unregulated tobacco costs the province $750 million each year in lost provincial tax revenue.

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