Over 10,000 illegal smokes seized in Harbour Grace
RCMP seized 10,800 illegal cigarettes from a residence in Harbour Grace Sept. 28.
Except to say the accused is a female resident of Harbour Grace, Trinity Conception District RCMP could not release the name or age of the accused before she has been formally charged.
Cpl. Dale Foote of Trinity Conception District RCMP’s General Investigation Section said, “no information has been sworn before the courts and (the accused) hasn’t been formally charged.”
The defendant was released and is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Harbour Grace on Dec. 20, when she is expected to be charged under the Customs and Excise Act and the Canada Revenue Act with possession for the purpose of trafficking of unmarked and unstamped tobacco products.
Cpl. Foote explained all tobacco sold in Canada has to be marked and stamped, and the products seized during the raid were not marked or stamped.
Police executed a Customs and Excise search warrant to make the seizure after receiving information that illegal tobacco was being sold from the residence. The police spokesman said the “ information” police used to execute the warrant was not based on a single tip. He said police were acting on multiple tips and an extensive investigation. “It was a combination of things,” he said. Approximately 80 grams of marijuana and a small quantity of cash was also seized from the home.
Cpl. Foote said samples of the seized products will be sent to a lab to be analyzed to confirm if they were illegal. Police will maintain a small quantity to be used as evidence and the rest will eventually be destroyed.
The street value of the products seized was not available.
Encouraging the public “ to continue to report illegal activities within your communities,” Cpl. Foote said, “ the RCMP remains dedicated to acting on information provided by the public.”