RCMP seize more than 70,000 illegal cigarettes near Oxford
Combined tax value nearly $34,000
More than 70,000 illegal cigarettes were seized during a traffic stop on Highway 104 near Oxford on Sept. 9.
The vehicle was seized and the driver and passenger arrested.
The tobacco has a tax value of $19,264 in provincial taxes and $14,700 in federal taxes.
Cumberland District RCMP assisted Service Nova Scotia with the investigation.
The men are scheduled to appear in Amherst provincial court on Nov. 27 to face charges under the Nova Scotia Revenue Act, Excise Act 2001 and criminal code.
Service Nova Scotia, through its Audit and Enforcement section, is responsible for reducing illegal tobacco in the province by working with its law enforcement partners and through education and enforcement.
Since 2006-07 the amount of illegal tobacco in the province has decreased from 30 per cent of all tobacco consumed to less than 10 per cent.
Anyone with information regarding the sale and manufacturing of illegal tobacco is asked to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers.