Half a million illegal cigarettes seized in Deer Lake

Diane Crocker
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DEER LAKE  An Alberta man was arrested and a half-million illegal cigarettes seized in Deer Lake Tuesday afternoon.

At about 1 p.m. members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s street drug unit conducted an investigation in the town. A U-Haul cube truck was stopped and the 37-year-old man arrested. A search of the truck resulted in the discovery of the cigarettes. A total of 2,500 bags, each containing 200 illegal cigarettes, were seized.

The man is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Corner Brook on Wednesday.

Charges are pending  under the excise act for possession of unstamped tobacco and under the Provincial  Revenue Administration Act.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Provincial Revenue Administration

Geographic location: Deer Lake, LAKE An Alberta, Corner Brook on Wednesday.Charges

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  • concerned
    December 06, 2013 - 09:22

    lam the jib well said the gov makes crooks off us. I think that's what they want.

  • johnathan brake
    December 04, 2013 - 22:42

    Weather its today last week or last year they still will bring it across to NL.. so why not set up a Indian smoke shop on the west coast of the island and save time and money on court cases and charges to the guilty ones... we get screwed every day by the government because we live so far away from the rest of Canada that the prices to shop things here is on the rise..gas is on the rise and even smokes ..if Newfoundland meet up with fair prices like the rest if Canada we wouldn't have half the trouble with these foolish things... I say start a letter and I'll be the first to sign it..... corner brook needs a Indian smoke shop....

  • IAMtheJIB
    December 04, 2013 - 06:48

    Would anyone like this type of crime to stop? Well, the first step is to lobby government to stop giving natives peoples tax breaks on these items while over burdening the rest of Canadians to make up for these tax breaks. If the natives can not provide cheaper tax free cigarettes, then this crime is no more.