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Brandon police along with Manitoba Finance seize over 3.5 million illegal cigarettes

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: September 16, 2020 14:40

Four men, if convicted, could face a triple-tax penalty of over $3M

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Brandon police along with the Manitoba Finance Special Investigations Unit seized a massive load of illegal cigarettes, one of the biggest seizures of illegal smokes brought into the province.

Back on September 9th, Brandon police officers stopped a vehicle coming from an Ontario first nations community and found 173 cases of unmarked contraband cigarettes  But that wasn't all, as the following day a search of a storage unit in Brandon turned up 183 cases.

In total, over 3.5 million cigarettes were seized along with cash, and had they been sold, the Manitoba government stood to lose $1,071,120 in tax revenue.

Four men from Brandon, aged 46 to 60, were arrested, and if convicted, could face a triple-tax penalty of over $3-million dollars. 

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