Tobacco smuggling operation thwarted


PHOTOS COURTESY SÛRETÉ DU QUÉBEC

The smuggling investigative unit of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) conducted an operation February 10 in Valleyfield in connection with a tobacco smuggling incident last week.

SQ spokesperson Sgt. Ingrid Asselin reports that on February 6, the SQ intercepted a flatbed truck on Highway 20 in Rivière Beaudette following a violation of the Highway Safety Code. Recognizing certain clues allowed police to obtain a search warrant for the trailer.

At the scene, police seized more than 14,400 kilograms of fine cut tobacco, representing more than 14 million contraband cigarettes.

The driver is a 57-year-old man from Mandeville in the Lanaudière region. The investigation is still ongoing and other people arrested could face charges under the Criminal Code respecting the Tobacco Tax Act.

The smuggling investigation unit is mandated to fight, together with Revenu Québec, against tobacco smuggling, specifically the supply of raw material throughout Quebec to ensure the integrity of the provincial tax system and recover property and assets used by the offenders.

Information on tobacco smuggling can be communicated to the Sûreté du Québec at any time and in confidence to Central criminal information at 1 800 659-4264.

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