Con­tra­band to­bacco seized in Har­bour Grace

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A 31-year-old male res­i­dent of Har­bour Grace was ar­rested April 13 af­ter Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP ex­e­cuted a search war­rant on a res­i­dence in that Con­cep­tion Bay North town.

As­sisted by mem­bers from the RCMP Cus­toms and Ex­cise Unit in St. John’s, RCMP seized a quan­tity of il­le­gal con­tra­band to­bacco prod­ucts.

The ac­cused was later re­leased from cus­tody with legal doc­u­ments to ap­pear in court on June 21 in Har­bour Grace to an­swer to charges un­der the Ex­cise Act and Rev­enue Ad­min­is­tra­tion Act.

Sgt. Boyd Mer­rill, Me­dia Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer with RCMP B Divi­sion, said, “ buy­ing il­le­gal to­bacco is not a vic­tim­less or harm­less crime. Smug­gled to­bacco and its sale robs the prov­ince of needed rev­enue for hos­pi­tals, schools and other vi­tal pro­grams.”

He said the RCMP and its sup­port units re­main vig­i­lant in their ef­forts to dis­rupt the il­le­gal to­bacco trade in New­found­land and Labrador.

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