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Quebec Resident Fined $570,320 for Possession of Unmarked Fine-Cut Tobacco

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Quebec Resident Fined $570,320 for Possession of Unmarked Fine-Cut Tobacco

Ministry of Finance

Convicted: Leo Cloutier

Location of offence: Cornwall

Description of Offence: Possession of unmarked fine-cut tobacco for the purpose of sale, under the Tobacco Tax Act

Date of Offence: November 20, 2017

Date of Conviction: September 6, 2018, at the Cornwall Provincial Offences Court

Penalty Imposed: A fine of $570,320 for possession of unmarked fine-cut tobacco for the purpose of sale. In addition, the court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge as required under the Provincial Offences Act.

Background: On November 20, 2017, officers from the Cornwall Regional Task Force searched a vehicle and discovered 1,153 kg of unmarked fine-cut tobacco. All tobacco products were seized and forfeited.

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