Over 10,000 il­le­gal smokes seized in Har­bour Grace

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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.”

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