Two Charged After Contraband Cigarettes Seized

By Sarah Klein

SmokingTwo men face charges after 312,950 contraband cigarettes were seized in the RM of Rosser on Wednesday.

The Manitoba Finance Taxation Division and Winnipeg police searched vehicles and a private garage in Winnipeg where they found 1,564 cartoons and six packages of cigarettes not marked for sale in Manitoba.

A search of two residences in the RM of Rosser led to the seizure of $31,135 in cash believed to be the proceeds of crime and one loaded firearm.

A 69 year-old man from Winnipeg has been charged with failing to comply with a condition of undertaking and was detained. He and a 67-year-old co-accused faces charges of possession of non-Manitoba marked cigarettes under the Manitoba Tobacco Tax Act and the Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes Act.

They each face fines of $1,000 to $10,000 and/or up to six months in jail and a triple tax penalty of $272,266.50.

The province says Manitoba stood to lose $90,755.50 in tax revenues if the tobacco had reached the black market.


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