Hits con­tra­band cig­a­rette sell­ers hard

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

Que­bec an­nounced last week that six in­di­vid­u­als had been found guilty of sell­ing con­tra­band tobacco and they have been fined a to­tal of $2.4 mil­lion and have up to one year to pay. Lo­cally, Michel Dostie, of Ma­gog, re­ceived a fine of $448,780 and he has ninety days to pay. The ver­dict, which was pro­nounced by Judge Sylvie Des­meules, was the re­sult of an oper­a­tion by the Regie de po­lice Mem­phrem­a­gog (RPM).

On Jan­uary 20th 2011, of­fi­cers searched the res­i­dence of Mr. Dostie as well as a stor­age site that he used. There they found 129,600 con­tra­band cig­a­rettes and $2,000 in cash. The court or­dered the money to be seized and the tobacco to be seized and de­stroyed. Also, the driver’s li­cense of Mr. Dostie was sus­pended for ninety days.

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