Knocking on wrong door costs $34,000
Daniel Bradley and Shawn Kenneth Blackmore have recently been sentenced by the court to each pay a $17,000 fine for trying to smuggle 500 cartons of cigarettes across the American border. Each carton contained 200 cigarettes. The two men came all the way from Nova Scotia to Kahnawake, near the Mercier bridge, to buy a load of cigarettes. They must have figured that the best way for them to get back to their province of Nova Scotia was to take autoroute 10 and then cross into the State of Vermont. For some reason, somehow they lost their way and ended up at the Stanhope border and right into the arms of the American Border patrol. They were transferred immediately to the RCMP. Their car and the load of cigarettes were confiscated by the police and the two thirty year-old Nova Scotians were brought into court.
The federal Crown lawyer, Myriam Lachance, had made it clear to them that they would get out with after paying a large fine if they pled guilty. The fines were then set at $17,000 for each smuggler, plus the loss of their car. They were allowed a period of 12 months to pay their due. If they do not pay within that period of time, the collector of federal fines could request from the court a 12 months prison sentence. Bradley and Blackmore went back home empty-handed.