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In a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Haldimand OPP, and HSD/TIME, a two-day initiative conducted on April 22 and 25, 2024, resulted in the seizure of a substantial quantity of unstamped contraband cigarettes in Brant and Haldimand Counties.

A total of 8,422,800 unstamped contraband cigarettes, equivalent to 842.3 cases, were seized during the operation. This significant seizure represents a significant tax loss to both the Province of Ontario and His Majesty the King.

The tax loss to the Province of Ontario is estimated at $1,556,112.30, calculated at $0.18475 per cigarette. Similarly, the tax loss to His Majesty the King is estimated at $1,396,163.32, calculated at $0.16576 per cigarette. The total tax loss recovered from the seizure amounts to $2,952,275.63.

Summary of results in Brant and Haldimand:

  • 8,422,800 unmarked cigarettes seized.
  • Two individuals charged.
  • Four Part III summonses issued for Tobacco Tax Act (TTA) offences.
  • One trailer impounded.

The operation involved two specific stops, yielding significant results:

April 22, 2024 – Haldimand Stop:

Seized: 2 cases and 14 cartons of unmarked cigarettes

Charged: A 62-year-old male from St. Catharines under TTA s. 29(1), 29(2)

April 25, 2024 – Brant Stop:

Seized: 42,000 cartons of unmarked cigarettes (840 cases)

Charged: A 40-year-old male from Brantford under TTA s. 29(1), 29(2)

Impounded: Trailer

The successful outcome of this collaborative initiative highlights the commitment of law enforcement agencies to combatting the illicit tobacco trade and protecting public health and safety. The Ministry of Finance and partnering agencies remain vigilant in their efforts to enforce tobacco taxation laws and prevent the flow of contraband tobacco products in our communities.

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