Ohsweken man charged for “contraband” cigarettes

LONDON – Agents from the London Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) seized approximately 210,000 contraband cigarettes and a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche belonging to a 46-year-old Ohsweken man after Ontario Provincial Police observed what they suspected to be contraband tobacco in the vehicle at a traffic stop. The OPP stopped the vehicle on Highway 401 near Colonel Talbot Road. When RCMP investigators arrived, they seized the contraband tobacco and the vehicle under the authority of the Excise Act, 2001. The man, who the RCMP declined to name until the paperwork is completed, is facing a charge of possessing unstamped tobacco contrary to the Excise Act, 2001 and is scheduled to appear in court in London on February 6, 2015.

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