Hits contraband cigarette sellers hard
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.